TITLE

A Gravity Model of Legal Migration Into the United States

AUTHOR(S)
Melkumian, Arsen V.
PUB. DATE
May 2009
SOURCE
Journal of Economic Development & Business Policy;2009, Vol. 2 Issue 1, Special section p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this paper I develop a traditional gravity model of migration and expand it to include political and economic characteristics of source and destination countries. The empirical test of the model is based on annual data from 1996 through 2000 of migration flows to the Unites States from 101 countries, for a total of 505 observations. The results reveal that the Index of Economic Freedom (IEF), an innovative explanatory variable, is a major determinant of migration flows into the United States. Immigrant stock, a popular proxy for the "chain migration" effect, is also found to be a significant determinant of migration. Finally, the evidence indicates that the condition of being a predominantly English-speaking country raises a source country's immigration rate to the United States.
ACCESSION #
45526812

 

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