International trade and migrant networks: Is It really about qualifications?

  • Joan Martín Montaner Department of Economics. Faculty of Law and Economics. Universitat Jaume I. Avinguda de Vicent Sos Baynat, s/n 12071 Castelló
  • Francisco Requena Department of Economics. University of Sheffield. 9 Mappin Street. Sheffield S1 4DT
  • Guadalupe Serrano Department of Economic Analysis. Faculty of Economics. Universitat deValència. Avinguda delsTarongers s/n. Campus delsTarongers. 46022 Valencia


Personal characteristics of migrants could help to strengthen the impact of migrant networks on bilateral trade. While most of the attention has been focused on immigrants’ educational attainment, this paper focuses on the relevance of the tasks carried out by migrants. Our empirical results confirm that the existence of a large number of foreign-born workers with managerial duties is critical to explain the reduction of transaction costs caused by migrant networks.
Keywords International trade, migration, networks, gravity equation
How to Cite
Martín Montaner, J., Requena, F., & Serrano, G. (2015). International trade and migrant networks: Is It really about qualifications?. Estudios de Economía, 41(2), pp. 251-260. Retrieved from