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Migrant Networks and the Spread of Information. / Elsner, Ben; Narciso, Gaia; Thijssen, Jacco Johan Jacob.

In: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 80, No. 3, 06.2018, p. 659-688.

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Elsner, B, Narciso, G & Thijssen, JJJ 2018, 'Migrant Networks and the Spread of Information', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 659-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12216

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Elsner, B., Narciso, G., & Thijssen, J. J. J. (2018). Migrant Networks and the Spread of Information. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 80(3), 659-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12216

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Elsner B, Narciso G, Thijssen JJJ. Migrant Networks and the Spread of Information. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. 2018 Jun;80(3):659-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12216

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Elsner, Ben ; Narciso, Gaia ; Thijssen, Jacco Johan Jacob. / Migrant Networks and the Spread of Information. In: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. 2018 ; Vol. 80, No. 3. pp. 659-688.

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