Emigration and Democracy
49 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2011
Migration is an important yet neglected determinant of institutions. This paper documents the channels through which emigration affects home country institutions and considers dynamic-panel regressions for a large sample of developing countries. The authors 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 and for many countries once incentive effects of emigration on human capital formation are accounted for.
Keywords: Population Policies, Economic Theory & Research, International Migration, Human Migrations & Resettlements, Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement
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