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Emigration and democracy

Abstract : International migration is an important determinant of institutions, not considered so far in the development literature. Using cross-sectional and panel estimation for a large sample of developing countries, we find that openness to emigration 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.
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Frédéric Docquier, Elisabetta Lodigiani, Hillel Rapoport, Maurice Schiff. Emigration and democracy. Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, 2016, 120, pp.209-223. ⟨10.1016/j.jdeveco.2015.12.001⟩. ⟨hal-01304133⟩



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