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RURAL-URBAN MIGRATION IN BOLIVIA: AN ESCAPE BOAT?

Maria Tannuri-Pianto, Donald Pianto and Omar Arias

Anais do XXXII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 32nd Brazilian Economics Meeting] from ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics]

Abstract: This paper studies rural-urban migration in Bolivia. Domestic migration usually works as an equalization mechanism, in which regions with fewer economic opportunities send migrants to more dynamic regions. We model the migration decision and take into account the possibility of self-selection for computing the returns to migration. We present selectivity corrected quantile regression models for earnings of both migrants and non-migrants in urban and metropolitan areas. We find that migrants receive a premium at low and median quantiles of the urban/metro conditional earnings distribution. This premium is somewhat diminished by a negative selectivity correction for migrants with lower probabilities of migration.

JEL-codes: C14 J24 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-lam and nep-ure
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