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Mawussé K. N. Okey
''Does migration promote industrial development in Africa?''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.1 )
This paper examines the effect of international migration on industrial development in Africa. Econometric estimations are implemented on a panel of 45 African countries over the period 1980-2010 using the generalized method of moment estimators and the migration dataset constructed by Brücker, Capuano and Marfouk in 2013. Our results suggest that on average, emigration affects industrial development in Africa positively and significantly during the period of interest. Both low-skilled and medium-skilled emigrants affect more industrial development. The results also reveal that international financial flows, business networks and scientific networks are the channels through which migration affects industrial development. African countries may benefit more from international migration by developing institutions that facilitate international financial flows, business networks and scientific networks.
Keywords: migration, emigration, industrial development, Africa
JEL: F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business: General
L6 - Industry Studies: Manufacturing: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 08 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Jan 26 2017

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