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Demographic and Economic Pressure on Emigration out of Africa

Hatton, Timothy; Williamson, Jeffrey G


Two of the main forces driving European emigration in the late nineteenth century were real wage gaps between sending and receiving regions and demographic booms in the low-wage sending regions. Our new estimates of net migration for the countries of sub-Saharan Africa show that exactly the same forces driving African across-border migration are at work today. The results suggest that rapid growth in the cohort of potential young emigrants, population pressure on the resource base, and slow...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Economics
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9442.t01-2-00008


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