Reference : Climatic Factors as Determinants of International Migration
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Business & economic sciences : International economics
Climatic Factors as Determinants of International Migration
Beine, Michel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF) > Center for Research in Economic Analysis (CREA) >]
Parsons, Christopher [University of Western Australia]
Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Blackwell Publishing
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United Kingdom
[en] Environmental Change ; Natural Disasters ; International Migration ; Utility Maximization
[en] We examine natural disasters and long-run climatic factors as potential determinants of
international migration, implementing a panel dataset of bilateral migration flows, 1960-
2000. We find no direct impact of long-run climatic factors on international migration across
our entire sample. These results are robust when conditioning on origin country characteristics
and when considering migrants returning home and the potential endogeneity of migrant
networks. Rather we find evidence of indirect effects of environmental factors operating
through wages. We find that epidemics and miscellaneous incidents spur international migration
and strong evidence that natural disasters beget greater flows of migrants to urban
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