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ERIC Number: EJ867759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 109
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Globalization, Development and International Migration: A Cross-National Analysis of Less-Developed Countries, 1970-2000
Sanderson, Matthew R.; Kentor, Jeffrey D.
Social Forces, v88 n1 p301-336 Sep 2009
It is widely argued that globalization and economic development are associated with international migration. However, these relationships have not been tested empirically. We use a cross-national empirical analysis to assess the impact of global and national factors on international migration from less-developed countries. An interdisciplinary analytical framework is developed. We then use several modeling techniques to analyze panel data on a set of less-developed countries from 1970 to 2000. Three central findings emerge from these analyses. First, foreign direct investment has a significant, differential effect across sectors of the economy: FDI in the primary sector increases the level of net emigration, while FDI in the secondary sector has a deterrent effect. Second, economic development has a significant, nonlinear effect on net emigration levels, the so-called "migration hump." Finally, we find a strong cumulative causation effect of migration, meaning that migration has a strong internal momentum after it has been initiated. The implications of the findings are discussed in the context of contemporary migration theory. (Contains 2 tables and 19 notes.)
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Language: English
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