Estimating the Influence of Social Networks on Migration Decisions

Alberto Palloni

This talk is about the influences of kinships on first migration. Event history data collected in a special survey of several Mexican communities are used to show that the migration decisions of individuals are affected by what fathers and brothers do or have done in the past. Instead of simple individual models, the models proposed are designed to retrieve fixed and time dependent effects on the joint migration risks of two members of a pair while simultaneously reducing or eliminating the impact of unmeasured common conditions shared by the members of the pairs.

The speaker received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1977 from the University of Washington. In addtion to political sociology and sociology of economic change, his research includes mathematical models of populations, applied statistical methods, analysis of mortality and morbidity, aging, families and households in Latin America.

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