The King Never Emigrates: Political Culture and the Reluctant International Movement of People
CEPR Discussion Paper Series Number 1815
Posted: 22 Sep 1998
Date Written: March 1998
We consider a country where a king assigns benefits in accordance with privilege determined by the population?s proximity to the throne. People have different relative advantages in seeking privilege and in productive activity. The nature of the contest for privilege determines whether, in equilibrium, the more productive or less productive in society are located closer to the king, and thus who has an incentive to emigrate. When contests for privilege are easy?, the more productive are furthest from the king and emigrate first. When contests are difficult?, the least productive emigrate first. In either case, the population unravels, although emigration is bounded.
JEL Classification: F22, H2, J61
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