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Beyond income differentials: explaining migrants' destinations in Mexico

Estela Rivero-Fuentes, The Population Council

This paper attempts to contribute to the literature of internal migration in developing countries in several ways. Taking the case of interstate migration in Mexico in three different periods (1975-1980, 1985-1990 and 1995-2000), I test whether or not the level of past migration, past and recent trade, and administrative and infrastructure ties explain why migrants from different states of origin go to different destinations. To my knowledge, this is the first study of internal migration in any country that tests the explanatory power of variables other than the ones implied by the neoclassical hypotheses in explaining migrants' destinations. Furthermore, this is the first study of internal migration that takes a 30-year historical perspective and explores the determinants of migrants' destinations in different periods.

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Presented in Poster Session 5: Poster Session 5