International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development

International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development

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Edited by Robert E.B. Lucas

This Handbook summarizes the state of thinking and presents new evidence on various links between international migration and economic development, with particular reference to lower-income countries. The connections between trade, aid and migration are critically examined through global case studies.

Chapter 10: Migration, technology diffusion and institutional development at the origin

Olena Ivus and Alireza Naghavi

Subjects: development studies, development economics, migration, economics and finance, development economics, politics and public policy, migration, urban and regional studies, migration


This chapter considers several mechanisms through which international migration can influence institutional development at the country of origin. Migration can promote institutional reform, and sound political and economic institutions are necessary to realize the potential growth and development gains from migration. We also highlight the neglected but crucial role migrants play in the worldwide diffusion of innovative ideas and technologies. The analysis reveals a positive relationship between inventor migration and international scientific collaboration, which can arise from the circulation of knowledge within diaspora knowledge networks.

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