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Migration, Institutions and Development


This survey examines the relationship between community networks and migration. Adding networks to the Roy model, the workhorse model of migration in economics, is shown to reconcile key stylized facts on migration with the theory. This addition is supported by a voluminous literature, cutting across the social sciences, that documents the role played by community networks in major migration events. While migrant networks may support mobility in the short-run, they can have negative long-term consequences, locking there members into particular locations and occupations at the destination over many generations. The survey covers both the positive and the negative aspects of community networks, concluding with suggestions for future research.

Keywords. Community networks. Migration. Networks and economic effciency. Mobility.
JEL. D02. J61. J62. L14. O12. O17

Author: Kaivan Munshi

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