The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic

57 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013

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Toman Omar Mahmoud

Kiel Institute for World Economics

Hillel Rapoport

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Stanford University

Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

Christoph Trebesch

Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: September 18, 2013

Abstract

Migration contributes to the circulation of goods, knowledge, and ideas. Using community and individual-level data from Moldova, we show that the emigration episode that started in the late 1990s strongly affected political preferences and electoral outcomes in Moldova during the following decade and was eventually instrumental in bringing down the last ruling Communist government in Europe. Our results are suggestive of information transmission and cultural diffusion channels. Identification relies on the quasi-experimental context studied and on the differential effects arising from the fact that emigration was directed both to more democratic Western Europe and to less democratic Russia.

Keywords: emigration, political institutions, elections, social networks, information transmission, cultural diffusion

JEL Classification: F220, D720, O100

Suggested Citation

Omar Mahmoud, Toman and Rapoport, Hillel and Steinmayr, Andreas and Trebesch, Christoph, The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic (September 18, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4389. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327441

Toman Omar Mahmoud (Contact Author)

Kiel Institute for World Economics ( email )

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Hillel Rapoport

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Stanford University ( email )

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Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies ( email )

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Christoph Trebesch

Kiel Institute for the World Economy ( email )

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Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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United Kingdom

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