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Nina Smith

Selection and network effects - Migration flows into OECD countries 1990-2000

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This paper presents empirical evidence on immigration flows into the OECD countries during the period 1990-2000. Our results indicate that network effects are strong, but vary between different groups of welfare states and between countries according to the type of immigration policy being applied. Network effects seem to be less important in the Nordic countries which also seem to attract immigrants from the lowest income level source countries. We do not find clear evidence that selection effects measured by migration flows being sensitive to differences in public social expenditures have had a major influence on the observed migration patterns until now. This may partly be explained by restrictive migration policies which may have dampened the potential selection effects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Pages (from-to)1160-1186
Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Research areas

  • International migration, Selectivity effects, Network effects, Migration policy

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