Alan de Brauw
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Research Policy Institute
Development Research Group, World Bank
At this October 24th MADS, Alan de Brauw will present a new paper in which he and his co-authors use a unique panel dataset of migrants and non-migrants from 18 villages in Ethiopia to examine the impacts of internal migration on objective and subjective measures of welfare. They find large gains to objective welfare measures such as consumption, of more than 280 percent. However, they find that migrants' responses to questions meant to measure subjective welfare, are similar to those of non-migrants. The low levels of migration, despite the large objective welfare gains, suggest that barriers within countries like Ethiopia prevent people from moving to places where they would be better off.
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