Migration-Induced Transfers of Norms. The Case of Female Political Empowerment

50 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2015

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Elisabetta Lodigiani

University of Milan; Ca Foscari University of Venice; University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

Sara Salomone

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Date Written: June 23, 2015


This paper empirically investigates the effect of transnational migrants on gender equality in the country of origin measured by the share of women enrolled in the lower chamber of National Parliaments. We test for a ‘migration-induced transfer of norm’ using panel data from 1960 to 2010 in ten-year intervals. Total international migration has a significant effect on female political empowerment in countries of origin conditional on the initial female parliamentary participation in both origin and destination countries. Reverse causality issues are taken into account and results are tested under specific geo-political and temporal subsamples.

Keywords: International Migration, Gender Discrimination, Panel Data, Endogeneity

JEL Classification: F22, J16, D72, C33

Suggested Citation

Lodigiani, Elisabetta and Lodigiani, Elisabetta and Salomone, Sara, Migration-Induced Transfers of Norms. The Case of Female Political Empowerment (June 23, 2015). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 19/WP/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2622394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2622394

Elisabetta Lodigiani

University of Milan ( email )

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Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

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University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA)

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Sara Salomone (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Rome, Lazio 00173

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