hero working papers

Where do migrants go?

Number: 124
Year: 1998
Author(s): Francesco Daveri (IGIER and Università di Parma) and Riccardo Faini (IMF, Washington)

Now in:
Oxford Economic Papers, forthcoming, 1999.


Aggregate data from the regions of Southern Italy are used to test whether risk is a significant determinant of the decision to migrate abroad or inside the country. This indeed appears to be the case for both foreign and domestic migrations, after controlling for unemployment and wage differentials and other plausible control variables. We interpret our results as evidence that, whereas financial markets are absent or malfunctioning, migration provides a shelter against uncertain income prospects.