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A Human Development Index by Internal Migrational Status

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  • Kenneth Harttgen
  • Stephan Klasen

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Domestic migration constitutes the largest flow of people in developing countries and is among the most important opportunities for people to improve their human development. We calculate the Human Development Index by internal migrational status to assess the differences between the levels of human development of internal migrants compared with non-migrants. An empirical illustration for a sample of 16 low-income countries shows that, overall, internal migrants achieve a slightly higher level of human development than non-migrants. These improvements are largely due to higher incomes of migrants while differentials in education and health are smaller.

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  • Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen, 2011. "A Human Development Index by Internal Migrational Status," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(3), pages 393-424.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jhudca:v:12:y:2011:i:3:p:393-424
    DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2011.576819
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    1. Maria Ravlik, 2014. "Determinants Of International Migration: A Global Analysis," HSE Working papers WP BRP 52/SOC/2014, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    2. Harttgen, Kenneth & Klasen, Stephan, 2012. "A Household-Based Human Development Index," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 878-899.
    3. Permanyer, Iñaki, 2013. "Using Census Data to Explore the Spatial Distribution of Human Development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 1-13.
    4. Stuart Cameron, 2012. "Education, Urban Poverty and Migration: Evidence from Bangladesh and Vietnam," Papers inwopa679, Innocenti Working Papers.
    5. Shatakshee Dhongde & Jacques Silber, 2016. "On distributional change, pro-poor growth and convergence," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 14(3), pages 249-267, September.
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    Keywords

    Internal migration; Human Development Index;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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