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The determinants of immigration from Fiji to New Zealand : AN empirical reassessment using the bounds testing approach
journal contributionposted on 2003-12-01, 00:00 authored by Paresh Narayan, R Smyth
This article re-examines Gani's (1998) findings on the determinants of migrant flows from Fiji to New Zealand by employing the bounds testing procedure to cointegration, within an autoregressive distributive lag framework. The main findings are that in the long run all variables are statistically insignificant, although correctly signed with the exception of the unemployment differential. In the short run, in sharp contrast to Gani's (1998) findings, political instability is consistently the most important determinant of migration flows while the standard of living and real wage differentials are statistically insignificant across all specifications.