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On the economic geography of international migration

Abstract:

We exploit the bilateral and skill dimensions from recent data sets of international migration to test for the existence of Zipf's and Gibrat's Laws in the context of aggregate and high-skilled international immigration and emigration using graphical, parametric and non-parametric analysis. The top tails of the distributions of aggregate and high-skilled immigrants and emigrants adhere to a Pareto distribution with an exponent of unity i.e. Zipf's Law holds. We find some evidence in favour of...

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Publisher:
International Migration Institute
Series:
IMI Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2014-01-01
Paper number:
92
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Pubs id:
618316
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pubs:618316
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2021-02-10

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