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Vanishing Third World Emigrants?

Hatton, T and Williamson, JG (2009) Vanishing Third World Emigrants? UNSPECIFIED. CEPR Discussion Papers.

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Abstract

This paper documents a stylized fact not well appreciated in the literature. The Third World has been undergoing an emigration life cycle since the 1960s, and, except for Africa, emigration rates have been level or even declining since a peak in the late 1980s the early 1990s. The current economic crisis will serve only to accelerate those trends. The paper estimates the economic and demographic fundamentals driving these Third World emigration life cycles to the United States since 1970 - the income gap between the US and the sending country, the education gap between the US and the sending country, the poverty trap, the size of the cohort at risk, and migrant stock dynamics. It then projects the life cycle up to 2024. The projections imply that pressure on Third World emigration over the next two decades will not increase. It also suggests that future US immigrants will be more African and less Hispanic.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: development; emigration; life cycle; Third World
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 21:13
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3253

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