DP4617 The Influence of Others on Migration Plans

Author(s): Gil S Epstein, Ira Gang
Publication Date: September 2004
Keyword(s): herd effects, influence, locational choice, migration, networks
JEL(s): F22, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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The willingness to migrate and locational choice may be influenced by others’ choices or plans, particularly if the ‘other people’, such as family and friends, are migrants, former migrants, or potential migrants themselves. We examine the roles ‘other people’ play in influencing an individual’s potential migration decision. In analysing the influence of others on migration decisions, we rely on the concepts of migration networks and herd effects.