Diasporas, Political Institutions, and International Investment
David Leblang has indicated that he would be willing to meet with students and staff on Friday February 3. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact David Doyle.
There is a small but growing literature on the effect of diaspora networks on flows of global trade and capital. This literature, however, only explores the direct effect of co-ethnic networks on international trade and investment. But the argument about the role of co-ethnic networks has important implications beyond this direct effect. Because transnational networks of migrants and co-ethnics help transmit information across national borders they can serve as a substitute for weak institutions or poor arbitration mechanisms that may otherwise hinder cross-border economic activity. And because these networks provide mutual trust between agents they can help alleviate problems of contract enforcement. We test this argument on a dyadic panel of countries over the period 2001-2007 and find a positive and substantively important substitution effect of diaspora networks on global economic flows.
Date: 2 February 2018, 12:30 (Friday, 3rd week, Hilary 2018)
Venue: Manor Road Building, Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Venue Details: Seminar Room A
Speaker: David Leblang (University of Virginia)
Organising department: Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR)
Organiser: Professor David Doyle (Tutorial Fellow in Politics of Latin America)
Organiser contact email address: david.doyle@politics.ox.ac.uk
Hosts: Dr Robin Harding (University of Oxford), Dr Radoslaw Zubek (University of Oxford), Professor Petra Schleiter (University of Oxford), Professor David Doyle (Tutorial Fellow in Politics of Latin America)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Holly Omand, Minna Lehtinen