Works under Review


1.     “Decomposing Cultural Distance: A Closer Look at the Determinants of International Migration” with David Buehler


Abstract: Using a modified gravity model to include traditional migration model variables, we employ the zero-inflated negative binomial estimation technique and three measures of cultural distance to examine the impact of differences in individual dimensions of cultural distance on international migration flows. We confirm the finding of prior studies that there exists a negative relationship between composite cultural distance measures and immigrant flows. Extending the literature, we report variability in the influences of individual cultural dimensions on international migration. Specifically, we find individualism, uncertainty avoidance, and gender roles are typically more influential in determining immigrant flows than are other cultural dimensions.





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