Social Interactions of Migrants and Trade Outcomes

This paper investigates the social interactions performed by immigrants in France.

A framework for immigrant’s choice of location is based on recent studies on non-market interactions which explains how migrants concentrate. Applying data on the distribution of immigrants in 95 French provinces, the social interactions are subsequently estimated. This “social component” of migration is then tested on international trade, providing a direct measure of the impact of social networks on the economy.

No: ERSD-2009-02

Silvio H. T. Tai — WTO

Manuscript date: January 2009

Key Words:

Social Interaction, Non-market interaction, International Trade, Migration

JEL classification numbers:

F10, F22


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