Informational cascades and the decision to migrate

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We introduce the idea that informational cascades can explain the observed regularity that emigrants from the same location tend to choose the same foreign location. Thus, informational cascades generate herd behavior. Herd behavior is compared with the network-externalities explanation of the same phenomenon of migration clustering.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMigration and Culture
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780857241535
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameFrontiers of Economics and Globalization
ISSN (Print)1574-8715

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Financial support from the Adar Foundation of the Economics Department of Bar-Ilan University is gratefully acknowledged.


  • Herd behavior
  • Informational cascade
  • Migration
  • Network-externalities
  • Xenophobia


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