South-South Migration: The Impact of Nicaraguan Immigrants on Earnings, Inequality and Poverty in Costa Rica

37 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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T. H. Gindling

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

More than half of those who emigrate from developing countries move to other developing countries, yet there have been few studies of the impact of this South-South migration. In this paper, we examine the impact of migration from one developing country, Nicaragua, on the labor market in another developing country, Costa Rica. We find little evidence to support the hypothesis that Nicaraguan migration to Costa Rica was an important factor contributing to falling earnings, increased inequality or stagnating poverty in Costa Rica.

Keywords: inequality, earnings, migration, Latin America, Costa Rica, poverty

JEL Classification: J61, O15

Suggested Citation

Gindling, Thomas, South-South Migration: The Impact of Nicaraguan Immigrants on Earnings, Inequality and Poverty in Costa Rica. IZA Working Paper No. 3279, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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