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Emigration and Democracy

  • Docquier, Frédéric


    (Université catholique de Louvain)

  • Lodigiani, Elisabetta


    (University of Luxembourg)

  • Rapoport, Hillel


    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Schiff, Maurice


    (World Bank)

Migration is an important and yet neglected determinant of institutions. The paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. We find that emigration and human capital both increase democracy and economic freedom. This implies that unskilled (skilled) emigration has a positive (ambiguous) impact on institutional quality. Simulations show an impact of skilled emigration that is generally positive, significant for a few countries in the short run and for many countries in the long run once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5496
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