Skilled migration and the transfer of institutional norms

Michel Beine*, Khalid Sekkat

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Abstract: We examine two impacts of international emigration on the evolution of the institutions in the origin countries. The first impact concerns the influence of emigration per se (i.e. people who left the country can voice more or less from abroad). The second impact relates to the transfer of the norms of the host country to the home country. The existence of both impacts is confirmed using different indicators of institutional quality. The effects appear stronger when skilled emigration is considered. The main conclusions are robust to alternative econometric methods and to the use of subsamples involving developing countries only. JEL codes: F22, J24, J61, J64.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalIZA Journal of Migration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • institutions
  • international migration
  • norms
  • diasporas
  • brain drain


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