Migration and Democracy

  • Kalam AzadEmail author
  • Gamal Atallah
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)


This paper investigates the effect of democracy on migration using a dynamic panel model. Our model controls for the network effects of migration and country fixed effects. We construct a binary measure of democracy indicating a precise transition of political regimes and reducing measurement error. The baseline results show that democracy can increase migration by 29% in the long-run. Using the waves of democratizations and reversals as instruments for democracy, we find comparable estimates. Our findings suggest that democracy can increase migration by permitting dual citizenship, allowing sending remittances, providing better health, improving human development and human capital.


Migration Democracy Democratization waves 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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