Title

South-South Migration: With Whom You Trade Matters

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Migration

Keywords

srhreports, migration, Latin America and the Caribbean, international migration, regional tradeagreements, entropy balancing, gravity model

Description

In this article, we empirically investigate the role of regional trade agreements as a potential indirect determinant of international migration on a set of 37 Latin American and Caribbean countries between 1990 and 2015. First, we pre-process the data prior to the estimation using a matching sample technique – entropy – and control for observable characteristics. After that, we use a gravity model for migration and solve the zero migration stocks problem by using the Poisson pseudo-maximum likelihood (PPML) approach. Our results deliver consistent estimates and suggest a positive relationship between regional trade agreements and bilateral migration stocks.

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South-South Migration: With Whom You Trade Matters

In this article, we empirically investigate the role of regional trade agreements as a potential indirect determinant of international migration on a set of 37 Latin American and Caribbean countries between 1990 and 2015. First, we pre-process the data prior to the estimation using a matching sample technique – entropy – and control for observable characteristics. After that, we use a gravity model for migration and solve the zero migration stocks problem by using the Poisson pseudo-maximum likelihood (PPML) approach. Our results deliver consistent estimates and suggest a positive relationship between regional trade agreements and bilateral migration stocks.