Why People Migrate? The Diverse Mechanisms of Mexico-U.S. Migration

December 12, 2014

This conference is closed to the public.

There are diverse mechanisms that lead individuals to migrate. These mechanisms are studied in various migration theories developed in multiple disciplines. In neo-classical economics, higher wages in the destination propel the migration of individuals who expect to earn more there. In new economics of migration, the uncertainty in the origin economy leads to migration from households that face risks to domestic earnings. In cumulative causation theory, the growing web of social ties between origin and destination fosters the migration of individuals who are connected to prior migrants.


Filiz Garip

Faculty Associate. Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University.


David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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