Tuesday, April 10, 2012

13 April 2012: Migration and Poverty: Evidence from a 30-Year Longitudinal Study Using the ICRISAT Village Level Studies (VLS)

Stefan Dercon
Department for International Development (DFID)

This research is based on newly available survey rounds of the ICRISAT VLS from 2005–06, and a tracking survey of all individuals who used to be in the original sample from the six core ICRISAT VLS in 1975–84 and have now migrated. The resulting 30-year longitudinal dataset has been used to assess how migration has affected the living standards of these individuals, compared to those that stay behind from the same families. Using a comprehensive consumption measure and adjusted for differential cost of living, the study finds considerable increases in the standard of living for most in the sample. The results also indicate a considerable premium for those who have migrated permanently, compared to their relatives who stayed behind. However, no differences are found when focusing on subjective welfare indicators. The study offers a theoretical risk-sharing framework to interpret these findings.

Date: 13 April, 2012
Time: 11:00 A.M.

NCAER Conference Room
National Council of Applied Economic Research
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New Delhi-110002(INDIA)


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