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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

(p.68) 4 Learning about Migration Through Experiments

David McKenzie

Oxford University Press

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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