Women's Rights and the Patterns of Migration

Economics and Business Letters 6(1), 20-27, 2017

8 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2017 Last revised: 16 Aug 2018

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Schylar Brock

College of Charleston - Department of Economics

Beatriz Maldonado

College of Charleston - Department of Economics; College of Charleston - International and Intercultural Studies Program

Date Written: January 1, 2017

Abstract

This article investigates women’s economic, political, and social rights in both home and destination countries as potential push and pull factors of female migration. Using a bilateral framework including 104 origin countries and 28 destination countries for the years 1990 and 2000, we document that for female migrants with various levels of education, when women’s economic and social rights at home improve, they are less likely to leave, but women’s political rights are a push factor. Women’s economic rights in destination countries attract female migrants of all education levels but more so those with a tertiary education. Also, women’s political rights in destination countries are a pull factor, but women’s social rights are not.

Keywords: migration, women’s rights, push factors, pull factors, bilateral, Tobit

JEL Classification: F22, J16, J61, J11

Suggested Citation

Brock, Schylar and Maldonado, Beatriz, Women's Rights and the Patterns of Migration (January 1, 2017). Economics and Business Letters 6(1), 20-27, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2934427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2934427

Schylar Brock

College of Charleston - Department of Economics ( email )

66 George St.
Charleston, SC South Carolina 29424
United States

Beatriz Maldonado (Contact Author)

College of Charleston - Department of Economics ( email )

66 George St.
Charleston, SC South Carolina 29424
United States

College of Charleston - International and Intercultural Studies Program ( email )

66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
United States

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