The Influence of Others on Migration Plans

14 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2006

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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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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 individuals potential migration decision. In analyzing the influence of others on migration decisions, we rely on the concepts of migration networks and herd effects.

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., The Influence of Others on Migration Plans. Review of Development Economics, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 652-665, November 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=938596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2006.00340.x

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