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The Formation of Immigrant Networks in the Short and the Long Run

Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900, Israel
Center for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London (UCL), London WC1H 0AX, UK
Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, Tel-Aviv-Yaffo 6818211, Israel
Institute of the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn 53229, Germany
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This paper is based on parts of IZA working paper No. 4234. We expand this paper by focusing on the short run versus the long run.
Academic Editor: Jacques Poot
Economies 2016, 4(3), 15;
Received: 16 November 2015 / Revised: 18 July 2016 / Accepted: 27 July 2016 / Published: 30 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Long-Run Economic Impacts of International Migration)
In this paper, we present a formal framework of possible network formations among immigrants. After arriving in the new country, one of the new immigrant’s important decisions is with whom to maintain a link in the foreign country. We find that the behavior of the first two immigrants affects all those who come after them. We also find that in the long run, under specific conditions, the first immigrant will become the leader of the immigrant society. Over time, as the stock of immigrants in the host country increases, the investment in the link with the leader will increase as well. View Full-Text
Keywords: network formation; migration network network formation; migration network
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Epstein, G.S.; Heizler-Cohen, O. The Formation of Immigrant Networks in the Short and the Long Run. Economies 2016, 4, 15.

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