International Migration And Economic Integration
Understanding the Immigrant–Trade Link
Roger White, Associate Professor of Economics, Whittier College, US and Bedassa Tadesse, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Duluth, US
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This essential volume examines the influence of immigrants on the process of international economic integration – specifically, their influences on bilateral and multilateral trade flows. It extends beyond the identification and explanation of the immigrant–trade link and offers a more expansive treatment of the subject matter, making it the most comprehensive volume of its kind. The authors present abundant evidence that confirms the positive influences of immigrants on trade between their home and host countries; however the immigrant–trade link may not be universal. The operability of the link is found to depend on a variety of factors related to immigrants’ home countries, their host countries, the types of goods and services being traded and the anthropogenic characteristics of the immigrants themselves.
Contents: Preface Part I: Introducing the Immigrant–Trade Link 1. Migration, Trade and Globalization 2. The Gravity Model and the Literature on the Immigrant–Trade Link Part II: The Effects of Immigrants on International Trade in Goods and Services 3. Immigration Policy, Economic Development and the Immigrant–Trade Link: The Case of the White Australia Policy 4. East–West Migration and Trade: The Pro-Trade Effects of Immigrants in Italy 5. Beyond Trade in Goods: Immigrants and US Exports of Tourism Services Part III: The Cultural Bridging Effects of Immigrants on Trade 6. The Trade-Inhibiting Effects of Cultural Differences: Evidence from Nine OECD Countries 7. Immigrants and the Effects of Cultural Distance: An Examination of Aggregate US Trade Data 8. Heterogeneity Across Immigrant Groups: The Effects of Refugee and Non-Refugee Immigrants on US Trade Part IV: The Operability and Universality of the Immigrant–Trade Link 9. The Effects of Immigrants on Trade in Cultural and Non-Cultural Goods: Evidence from US State-Level Exports 10. Asymmetric Information and Trade-Facilitating Infrastructure: Variation in the Immigrant–Trade Link Across Migration Corridors 11. Transaction Costs and the Immigrant–Trade Link: Does the Volume of Bilateral Trade Matter? 12. Are the Effects of Immigrants (Emigrants) on Trade Universal? Part V: Findings, Implications and Questions that Remain 13. A Summary of Findings from the Application of the Gravity Model 14. Lessons Learned and Suggestions for Future Research References Index