Migrant Networks and Trade: The Vietnamese Boat People as a Natural Experiment

@article{Parsons2016MigrantNA,
  title={Migrant Networks and Trade: The Vietnamese Boat People as a Natural Experiment},
  author={Christopher Parsons and Pierre‐Louis V{\'e}zina},
  journal={Political Methods: Experiments \& Experimental Design eJournal},
  year={2016}
}
We provide cogent evidence for the causal pro-trade effect of migrants and in doing so establish an important link between migrant networks and long-run economic development. To this end, we exploit a unique event in human history, the exodus of the Vietnamese Boat People to the US. This episode represents an ideal natural experiment as the large immigration shock, the first wave of which comprised refugees exogenously allocated across the US, occurred over a twenty-year period during which… 

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