Revisiting the Role of Social Networks as Determinants of International-Migration Flows: A Note

13 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2014

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Giorgio Fagiolo

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)

Gianluca Santoni

St. Anna School of Advanced Studies - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM)

Date Written: October 19, 2014

Abstract

This note revisits the role of migrant social networks as determinants of bilateral-migration flows. We do so using a new database that covers about 190 world countries and features more accurate estimates of bilateral flows than those employed so far. Our battery of gravity-model exercises show that the impact of social networks is consistent and significant over different specifications, and in line with previous estimates. Furthermore, in presence of migrant networks at destination, geographical distance counts in explaining the absence of a migration corridor only when such networks have very small sizes.

Keywords: International Migration, Gravity Models, Stocks vs Flows, Migrant Social Networks

JEL Classification: F22, O15

Suggested Citation

Fagiolo, Giorgio and Santoni, Gianluca, Revisiting the Role of Social Networks as Determinants of International-Migration Flows: A Note (October 19, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2511892 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2511892

Giorgio Fagiolo (Contact Author)

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) ( email )

Piazza Martiri della Liberta', 33-I-56127
Pisa
Italy

Gianluca Santoni

St. Anna School of Advanced Studies - Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM) ( email )

Piazza Martiri della Liberta', 33
Pisa, I-56127
Italy

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