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Migration costs and observational returns to migration in the developing world

Author: David LagakosSamuel MarshallAhmed Mushfiq MobarakCorey VernotMichael E WaughAll authors
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 26868.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recent studies find that observational returns to rural-urban migration are near zero in three developing countries. We revisit this result using panel tracking surveys from six countries, finding higher returns on average. We then interpret these returns in a multi-region Roy model with heterogeneity in migration costs. In the model, the observational return to migration confounds the urban premium and the  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Lagakos; Samuel Marshall; Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak; Corey Vernot; Michael E Waugh; National Bureau of Economic Research,
OCLC Number: 1146547053
Notes: "March 2020"
Description: 1 online resource (41 pages).
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 26868.
Responsibility: David Lagakos, Samuel Marshall, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Corey Vernot, Michael E. Waugh.

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Recent studies find that observational returns to rural-urban migration are near zero in three developing countries. We revisit this result using panel tracking surveys from six countries, finding higher returns on average. We then interpret these returns in a multi-region Roy model with heterogeneity in migration costs. In the model, the observational return to migration confounds the urban premium and the individual benefits of migrants, and is not directly informative about the welfare gain from lowering migration costs. Patterns of regional heterogeneity in returns, and a comparison of experimental to observational returns, are consistent with the model’s predictions.

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