The Determinants of International Migration in Early Modern Europe: Evidence from the Maritime Sector, c. 1700–1800

Alexander Klein, Jelle Van Lottum

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Abstract

This article offers the first multivariate regression study of international migration in early modern Europe. Using unique eighteenth-century data about maritime workers, we created a data set of migration flows among European countries to examine the role of factors related to geography, population, language, the market, and chain migration in explaining the migration of these workers across countries. We show that among all factors considered in our multivariate analysis, the geographical characteristics of the destination countries, size of port towns, and past migrations are among the most robust and quantitatively the most important factors influencing cross-country migration flows.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-167
JournalSocial Science History
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2020

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