Ethnic discrimination and the migration of skilled labor

Frédérick Docquier, Hillel Rapoport

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We develop a model of interdependency between emigration, education investment, and discrimination, in the context of an ethnically divided developing economy. Assuming a rent-extraction basis for discrimination, we first endogenize ethnic discrimination in the benchmark case of an economy closed to migration, and then explore how migration prospects affect ethnic inequality. Under the free migration assumption, we find the intuitive result that migration prospects have a protective effect on the minority. Immigration restrictions set by receiving countries, on the other hand, have the paradoxical effect of creating migration flows that would otherwise have remained latent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-172
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Discrimination
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Human capital formation
  • Migration


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