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Should I Stay or Should I Go: Geographic versus cultural networks in migration and (un)employment

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

In their paper (pdf, 354K) authors Jinu Koola and Caglar Ozden of the Development Economics Research Group at the World Bank use the Indian state of Kerala as a “laboratory” to explore two main questions that are prominent in the migration literature: (1) what are the mechanisms through which migrant networks operate, and (2) what role does the existence of migrant networks have on the labor market participation decisions of non-migrant household members? Michael Clemens, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development moderated this discussion on Friday, May 23, 2008.