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MigrationEconomic Change, Social Challenge$
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Christian Dustmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729624.001.0001

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Learning about Migration Through Experiments

Learning about Migration Through Experiments

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(p.68) 4 Learning about Migration Through Experiments
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Migration
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David McKenzie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729624.003.0004

International migration is one of the most important choices that individuals and households in poor countries can make to increase their lifetime well-being. This choice presents a severe challenge to researchers attempting to learn the impacts of migration, since those who choose to move typically differ in a host of observable and unobservable ways from those who choose to stay behind. This chapter provides an overview of a new experimental literature which uses policy experiments and researcher-designed experiments to overcome these selection issues. Particular emphasis is placed on discussing the different data-gathering strategies needed for conducting policy experiments. Experimental migration research as a field is still in its nascent stages, and there appears to be plenty of scope for both policymakers and researchers to design new experiments going forward.

Keywords:   migration, experiments, data collection, self-selection, randomized controlled trial

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