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Do rights matter in migration decisions? Inference based on gender differences

Jerg Gutmann, Léa Marchal and Betül Simsek

Establishing the role of institutions as a driver of international migration is fraught with difficulties. Here, we propose to study the effect of differences in institutions as they apply to sub-populations within countries on differences in migration decisions between these populations. Specifically, we study the effect of discriminatory legal institutions with respect to the globally largest population experiencing such systematic discrimination, women.