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Migration and rural development

  • Robert E.B. Lucas


    (Boston University)

The paper summarizes the key routes through which internal and international migration impact rural development and some of the evidence pertaining to these effects in low income countries. It concludes that, although the study of migration impacts on rural economies has come a long way from the early dual theories of development, some of the potentially more important aspects remain to be investigated systematically.

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Article provided by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in its journal The Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 99-122

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Handle: RePEc:fao:tejade:v:4:y:2007:i:1:p:99-122
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