A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma

Stark, Oded and Fan, C. Simon (January 2010) A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma. Former Series > Working Paper Series > IHS Economics Series 247


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Abstract: A theory is developed of labor migration that is prompted by a desire to avoid "social humiliation." In a general equilibrium framework it is shown that as long as migration can reduce humiliation sufficiently, migration will occur even between two identical economies. Migration increases the number of individuals who choose to perform degrading jobs and consequently, migration lowers the price of the good produced in the sector that is associated with low social status. Moreover, thegreater an individual's aversion to performing degrading jobs, the more likely it is that he will experience a welfare gain when the economy opens up.;

Item Type: IHS Series
Keywords: 'Migration' 'Social distance' 'Occupational status' 'Social exposure gains' 'General equilibrium'
Classification Codes (e.g. JEL): F22, J61, R23
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 06:16
ISBN: 1605-7996
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/1967

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