Seminar in International Economics: Migrants, networks and regional trade: Evidence from European regions (Online event) | 07.04.2022

The Competence Centre for International Economics Research (FIW) kindly invites to participate in the Seminar in International Economics on the topic

Migrants, networks and regional trade: Evidence from European regions

Evgenii Monastyrenko
University of Luxembourg

Thursday, 07th of April 2022, 3:00 p.m. (CET)

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This paper presents the first cross-country evidence on the contribution of migrants to trade flows at the regional level. Using a novel database of regional trade flows between 267 European regions for 2013, this study examines how migrants affect trade flows between European regions and the rest of the world. A standard gravity model and shift-share instruments based on past settlements are used to claim causality.The results suggest that a 10% increase in immigration increases exports by 1.21%.This marginal effect is more substantial for highly qualified migrants (2.52%) and for imports (2.5%). The impact of migrants further varies by the level of economic development of the region and the quality of institutions in both the host and origin countries.

The seminar series is organised by the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) in co-operation with FIW, the Centre of Competence in International Economics. The seminar provides a forum for presentation and discussion of recent academic research in the field of international economics.