Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment
Faculdade de Economia - Universidade Nova de Lisboa; CReAM; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); NOVAFRICA
Pedro C. Vicente
New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4688
This paper tests the hypothesis that international migration experiences may promote better institutions at home by raising the demand for political accountability. In order to examine this question, we use a simple postcard voting experiment designed to capture the populationﾒs desire for better governance. Using data from a tailored household survey, we examine the determinants of voting behavior in our experiment, and isolate the positive effect of international emigration on the demand for political accountability. We find that this effect can be mainly attributed to the presence of return migrants, particularly to those who emigrated to countries with better governance.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: international migration, governance, political accountability, institutions, effects of emigration in origin countries, household survey, Cape Verde, Sub-Saharan Africa
JEL Classification: F22, O12, O15, O43, P16
Date posted: February 1, 2010
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