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Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment


Catia Batista


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

Abstract:     
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

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Date posted: February 1, 2010  

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Batista, Catia and Vicente, Pedro C., Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4688. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1545115

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Catia Batista (Contact Author)
Faculdade de Economia - Universidade Nova de Lisboa ( email )
Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
CReAM
Drayton House
30 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AX
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.iza.org/
NOVAFRICA ( email )
Campus de Campolide
Lisboa, 1099-032
Portugal
HOME PAGE: http://www.novafrica.org
Pedro C. Vicente
New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )
Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal
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