The Influence of Others on Migration Plans

22 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2004

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: September 2004

Abstract

The willingness to migrate and locational choice may be influenced by others' choices or plans, particularly if the 'other people', such as family and friends, are migrants, former migrants, or potential migrants themselves. We examine the roles 'other people' play in influencing an individual's potential migration decision. In analyzing the influence of others on migration decisions, we rely on the concepts of migration networks and herd effects.

Keywords: Migration, locational choice, influence, networks, herd effects

JEL Classification: F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., The Influence of Others on Migration Plans (September 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4617. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=614862

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