Emigration and Democracy

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Frédéric Docquier

Université catholique de Louvain; CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Elisabetta Lodigiani

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

Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Maurice Schiff

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Date Written: October 11, 2015

Abstract

International migration is an important determinant of institutions, not considered so far in the development literature. Using cross-section and panel analysis for a large sample of developing countries, we find that openness to emigration (as measured by the natives’ average emigration rate) has a positive effect on home-country institutional development (as measured by standard democracy indices). The results are robust to a wide range of specifications and identification methods. Remarkably, the cross-sectional estimates are fully in line with the implied long-run relationship from dynamic panel regressions.

Keywords: Migration, Institutions, Democracy, Development

JEL Classification: O15, O43, F22

Suggested Citation

Docquier, Frédéric and Lodigiani, Elisabetta and Rapoport, Hillel and Schiff, Maurice W., Emigration and Democracy (October 11, 2015). University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Dept. of Economics Research Paper Series No. 31/WP/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2675106

Frédéric Docquier

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CREAM, Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal & Management, UK

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Elisabetta Lodigiani (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

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Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

University of Milan ( email )

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Italy

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

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Hillel Rapoport

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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Paris, 75014 75014
France

Maurice W. Schiff

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

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