Inequality and Migration: A Behavioral Link

Stark, Oded (October 2005) Inequality and Migration: A Behavioral Link. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Economics Series 178


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Abstract: We provide an analytical-behavioral explanation for the observed positive relationship between income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, and the incentive to migrate. We show that a higher total relative deprivation of a population leads to a stronger incentive to engage in migration for a given level of a population's income; that total relative deprivation is positively related to the Gini coefficient; and that, consequently, the Gini coefficient and migration are positively correlated, holding the population's income constant.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Income inequality' 'Relative deprivation' 'The Gini coefficient' 'The incentive to migrate'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): A13, A14, D31, D63, F22, J61
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:38
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 16:21
ISBN: 1605-7996

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