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Determinants of the Choice of Migration Destination

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • Forhad Shilpi

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This paper examines migrants choice of destination conditional on migration. To this end, we design an empirical strategy which remedies both migration selection and unobserved heterogeneity problems. The study uses data from two round of Nepal Living Standard Surveys and a Population census and examine how the choice of migration destination is influenced by income differentials and other covariates. We find distance, population density, and social proximity to have a strong significant effect:

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Paper provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford in its series CSAE Working Paper Series with number 2009-09.

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  1. Fukase, Emiko, 2013. "Foreign job opportunities and internal migration in Vietnam," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 6420, The World Bank.
  2. Mbaye, Linguère Mously, 2013. ""Barcelona or Die": Understanding Illegal Migration from Senegal," IZA Discussion Papers 7728, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Zhiling Wang & Thomas de Graaff & Peter Nijkamp, 2014. "Cultural Diversity and Cultural Distance as Choice Determinants of Migration Destination," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 14-066/VIII, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Fafchamps, Marcel, 2012. "Reprint of development, agglomeration, and the organization of work," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(5), pages 765-778.
  5. Fafchamps, Marcel, 2012. "Development, agglomeration, and the organization of work," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 459-472.

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