Department of Economics

Does Quality of Life Drive Migration?

Research by Mason McBride

This paper contributes to the immigration literature by creating a unique non-financial quality of life (QOL) index and testing its role on recent migration patterns. The sample covers panel data of 24 destination countries and 158 origin countries between 2000 and 2020. The results indicate that relative QOL does indeed drive migration, especially immigration into the United States.