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Surveying Migrant Households: A Comparison of Census-Based, Snowball, and Intercept Point Surveys

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  • McKenzie, David

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    (World Bank)

  • Mistiaen, Johan

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    (World Bank)

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Few representative surveys of households of migrants exist, limiting our ability to study the effects of international migration on sending families. We report the results of an experiment designed to compare the performance of three alternative survey methods in collecting data from Japanese-Brazilian families, many of whom send migrants to Japan. The three surveys conducted were 1) Households selected randomly from a door-to-door listing using the Brazilian Census to select census blocks; 2) A snowball survey using Nikkei community groups to select the seeds; and 3) An intercept point survey collected at Nikkei community gatherings, ethnic grocery stores, sports clubs, and other locations where family members of migrants are likely to congregate. We analyze how closely well-designed snowball and intercept point surveys can approach the much more expensive census-based method in terms of giving information on the characteristics of migrants, the level of remittances received, and the incidence and determinants of return migration.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3173.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Publication status: published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2009, 172 (2), 339-360
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  1. Tsuda, Takeyuki, 1999. "The Motivation to Migrate: The Ethnic and Sociocultural Constitution of the Japanese-Brazilian Return-Migration System," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 48(1), pages 1-31, October.
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  1. Surveying Migrant Groups: A comparison of sampling methods
    by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2009-07-28 21:20:00
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  1. Gibson, John & McKenzie, David & Zia, Bilal, 2012. "The impact of financial literacy training for migrants," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6073, The World Bank.
  2. David McKenzie, 2012. "Learning about migration through experiments," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1207, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Carlo Devillanova & Francesco Fasani & Tommaso Frattini, 2014. "Employment of Undocumented Immigrants and the Prospect of Legal Status: Evidence from an Amnesty Program," Development Working Papers 367, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 26 Jun 2014.
  4. Devillanova, Carlo & Fasani, Francesco & Frattini, Tommaso, 2014. "Employment of Undocumented Immigrants and the Prospect of Legal Status: Evidence from an Amnesty Program," IZA Discussion Papers 8151, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Isabelle Chort & Flore Gubert & Jean-Noël Senne, 2011. "Migrant Networks as a Basis for Social Control : Remittance Incentives among Senegalese in France and Italy," Working Papers 2011-34, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  6. Ognjen Obucina, 2013. "Occupational trajectories and occupational cost among Senegalese immigrants in Europe," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 28(19), pages 547-580, March.
  7. Jain, Tarun & Sood, Ashima, 2012. "How does relationship-based governance accommodate new entrants? Evidence from the cycle rickshaw rental market," MPRA Paper 37424, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Goto, Junichi, 2007. "Latin Americans of Japanese origin (Nikkeijin) working in Japan : a survey," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4203, The World Bank.
  9. Akresh, Richard & Edmonds, Eric V., 2010. "The Analytical Returns to Measuring a Detailed Household Roster," IZA Discussion Papers 4759, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  11. Cris Beauchemin & Amparo Gonzalez-Ferrer, 2011. "Sampling international migrants with origin-based snowballing method:," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 25(3), pages 103-134, July.
  12. Senne, Jean-Noel & Chort, Isabelle & Gubert, Flore, 2011. "Migrant Networks as a Basis for Social Control : Remittance Obligations among Senegalese in France and Italy," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 73, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
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