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Refugee or Internally Displaced Person?

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Moore, Will H. (Florida State University. Department of Political Science)
  • Shellman, Stephen M. (University of Georgia. Department of International Affairs)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
authoritarianism; genocide; nations; population migration; refugees; world politics
  • Abstract

    The literature on the decision to abandon one's home in the face of violence is dominated by scholarship that implicitly assumes that forced migrants had no choice but to leave. Yet a spate of recent studies adopts a general rational choice framework that identifies new questions and challenges some conventional wisdom. This study builds on that work and breaks new ground by investigating the circumstances that lead some countries to produce a large number of refugees and relatively few internally displaced persons (IDPs) as opposed to a large number of IDPs and relatively few refugees. The investigators present the hypothesis that refugee flows are greater in the face of state (sponsored) genocide/politicide than they are in response to other state coercion, dissident campaigns of violence, or civil wars. It is argued that countries surrounded by poor, authoritarian regimes will produce fewer refugees (relative to IDPs) than those surrounded by wealthy, democratic neighbors. A sample selection model is employed to conduct statistical analyses using data on a global sample of countries for the period 1976-1995.
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  • Global
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  • (1) The file submitted is, which contains the data and program. There is also a readme file. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.

Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES 0099313.).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1319 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01319.v1
  • Moore, Will H., Shellman, Stephen M.. Refugee or Internally Displaced Person? . Comparative Political Studies.39, (5), 599-622.2006.
    • ID: 10.1177/0010414005276457 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Moore, Will H.; Shellman, Stephen M. (2005): Refugee or Internally Displaced Person?. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.