Migration Costs and Observational Returns to Migration in the Developing World
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak,
Corey Vernot and
Michael E. Waugh
Additional contact information
Samuel Marshall: University of Warwick
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak: Yale University, NBER, Deakin University and CEPR
Corey Vernot: Yale University
Michael E. Waugh: New York University and NBER
The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics
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.
Keywords: rural-urban migration; observational returns to migration; migration costs; rural-urban gaps; gains from lowering migration costs JEL codes: O11; O18; R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-ore and nep-ure
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/w ... _1265_-_marshall.pdf
Working Paper: Migration Costs and Observational Returns to Migration in the Developing World (2020)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wrk:warwec:1265
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) from University of Warwick, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Margaret Nash ().