Cultural barriers in migration between OECD countries

Michele Belot, Sjef Ederveen

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This paper uses a unique set of new indicators enabling us to test the effects of cultural barriers on migration between OECD countries. Using data on migration flows between 22 OECD countries over the period 1990-2003, we find strong evidence for the negative effect of cultural differences on international migration flows. Cultural barriers do a much better job in explaining the pattern of migration flows between developed countries than traditional economic variables such as income and unemployment differentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1077-1105
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • International migration
  • Culture
  • OECD countries
  • J61
  • F22
  • O15


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