Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 1249–1274 | Cite as

International migration: a panel data analysis of the determinants of bilateral flows

  • Anna Maria Mayda
Original Paper


In this paper, I empirically investigate the determinants of migration inflows into 14 OECD countries by country of origin between 1980 and 1995. I analyze the effect on migration of average income and income dispersion in destination and origin countries. I also examine the impact of geographical, cultural, and demographic factors as well as the role played by changes in destination countries’ migration policies. My analysis both delivers estimates consistent with the predictions of the international migration model and generates empirical puzzles.


International migration Determinants Migration policy 

JEL Classifications

F22 F1 



I would like to thank Alberto Alesina, Elhanan Helpman, Dani Rodrik, Klaus Zimmermann, and three anonymous referees for many insightful comments. For helpful suggestions, I am also grateful to Richard Adams, Marcos Chamon, Giovanni Facchini, Bryan Graham, Louise Grogan, Russell Hillberry, Arik Levinson, Lindsay Lowell, Rod Ludema, Lant Pritchett, Maurice Schiff, Tara Watson, Jeffrey Williamson, and participants at the International Workshop at Harvard University, at the 2003 NEUDC Conference at Yale University, at the International Trade Commission Workshop, at the World Bank International Trade Seminar, and at the IZA Annual Migration Meeting. I am grateful for the research assistance provided by Krishna Patel and Pramod Khadka. All errors remain mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and School of Foreign ServiceGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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