Economic perspectives on migration

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dc.contributor.author Karpestam, Peter
dc.contributor.author Andersson, Fredrik NG
dc.contributor.editor Gold, Stephen J.
dc.contributor.editor Nawyn, Stephanie J.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-21T12:07:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-21T12:07:40Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9781138208827 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9781315458298 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30260
dc.description.abstract The economic literature on migration has a strong focus on labor migration. It typically distinguishes between migration within countries and between countries and it focuses on the determinants of migration rather than their consequences. Motives and consequences of migration are difficult to separate. We explore the policy implications and empirical support of six common theories. We distinguish between theories of (1) the initiating causes of migration and (2) the self-perpetuating causes of migration, i.e. how current migration flows can cause future migration flows. Our discussion reveals the complexity of motives to migrate, which highlights the necessity of viewing different theories as complementary rather than contradictory. For instance, the new economics of labor migration complements neoclassical theories by emphasizing that households rather than individuals often make migration decisions and by dropping the assumption that individuals are risk-neutral. Further, macroeconomic theories complement microeconomic theories by highlighting that basic structural characteristics of the economy, such as segmented labor markets and scarcity of land, can induce migration flows. Finally, we show that when evaluating different theories empirically, there is support for different theories at different time horizons (the short run, medium run and long run), a supposition commonly ignored in the empirical literature. en_US
dc.format.extent 16 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Routledge International Handbooks;
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Economic perspectives on migration en_US
dc.type BookChapter en_US
dc.identifier.paperprint 2 en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Urban Studies (US)
dc.identifier.doi 10.4324/9781315458298-2 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies [2nd edition] en_US
dc.format.ePage 18 en_US
dc.format.sPage 3 en_US
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