Stark, Oded and Fan, Simon C. (2010): "A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma". Forthcoming in: International Economic Review
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A theory is developed of labor migration that is prompted by a desire to avoid "social humiliation." In a general equilibrium framework it is shown that as long as migration can reduce humiliation sufficiently, migration will occur even between two identical economies. Migration increases the number of individuals who choose to perform degrading jobs and consequently, migration lowers the price of the good produced in the sector that is associated with low social status. Moreover, the greater an individual's aversion to performing degrading jobs, the more likely it is that he will experience a welfare gain when the economy opens up.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||"A Theory of Migration as a Response to Occupational Stigma"|
|Keywords:||Migration; Social distance; Occupational status; Social exposure gains; General equilibrium|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F22 - International Migration
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility ; Immigrant Workers
R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration ; Regional Labor Markets ; Population ; Neighborhood Characteristics
|Depositing User:||Oded Stark|
|Date Deposited:||12. Apr 2010 14:01|
|Last Modified:||21. Feb 2013 17:37|
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