The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic

  title={The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic},
  author={Toman Omar Mahmoud and H. Rapoport and Andreas Steinmayr and Christoph Trebesch},
  journal={International Political Economy: Migration eJournal},
  • Toman Omar Mahmoud, H. Rapoport, +1 author Christoph Trebesch
  • Published 2013
  • Political Science
  • International Political Economy: Migration eJournal
  • Migration contributes to the circulation of goods, knowledge, and ideas. Using community and individual-level data from Moldova, we show that the emigration episode that started in the late 1990s strongly affected political preferences and electoral outcomes in Moldova during the following decade and was eventually instrumental in bringing down the last ruling Communist government in Europe. Our results are suggestive of information transmission and cultural diffusion channels. Identification… CONTINUE READING
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