Department of Economics and Business Economics

Networks and Selection in International Migration to Spain

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  • Nina Neubecker, DIW, Germany
  • Marcel Smolka, Denmark
  • Anne Steinbacher, Germany
This paper provides new evidence on migrant networks as determinants of the scale and skill structure of migration, using aggregate data from a recent migration boom to Spain. We develop a three-level nested multinomial logit migration model. Our model accommodates varying degrees of similarity of destinations located in the same region (or the same country), allowing for a rich structure of substitutability across alternative destinations. We find strong positive network effects on the scale of migration and a strong negative effect on the ratio of high-skilled to low-skilled migrants. Simplifying restrictions on substitutability across destinations are rejected by the data.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

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