DP5891 Poverty Traps, Distance and Diversity: The Migration Connection
|Author(s):||Jeffrey G Williamson|
|Publication Date:||October 2006|
|Keyword(s):||emigrant life cycle, ethnic diversity, migration|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=5891|
Within-country ethnic diversity in high-wage immigrant nations is driven by long distance migration. This paper documents the migration-diversity connection for the first global century before 1914 and the second global century after 1950. It distinguishes between ethnic diversity among the foreign-born, between the foreign-born and nativeborn and for total populations using country-of-birth data. It exploits the polarization index made popular in the recent diversity-growth debate and exploits an emigration life cycle model to predict the connection. It also shows how policy matters.