Migration and Trade

Egger, Peter H.; von Ehrlich, Maximilian; Nelson, Douglas R. (2012). Migration and Trade. World Economy, 35(2), pp. 216-241. Wiley 10.1111/j.1467-9701.2011.01429.x

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Theoretical and empirical research in economics suggests that bilateral migration triggers bilateral trade through a number of channels. This paper assesses the functional form of the impact of migration on trade flows in a quasi-experimental setting. We provide evidence that the relationship is not log-linear. In particular, at small levels of immigration (stocks) the elasticity of trade to migration is quite high, and it declines to zero at about 4,000 immigrants. If immigration stocks exceed such a level, the evidence suggests that trade will not increase anymore. This suggests that for cross-country network and other effects flowing from immigration to materialise at a significant level for trade, a high-enough level of immigrant stocks is necessary. But there appears to be satiation as immigrant numbers increase.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics > Public Economics
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

von Ehrlich, Maximilian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0378-5920

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Büchler

Date Deposited:

26 Jul 2017 14:42

Last Modified:

26 Jul 2017 14:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1467-9701.2011.01429.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.94972

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/94972

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