Determinants of the Choice of Migration Destination
This paper examines migrations'� 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 rounds of Nepal Living Standard Surveys and a Population Census and examine how the choice of a migration destination is influenced by income differentials and other covariates.� We find distance, population density, and social proximity to have a strong significant effect: migrants move primarily to proximate, high population density areas where many people share their language and ethnic background.� Better access to amenities is significant as well.� Differentials in average income across districts are significant in univariate comparisons but not once we control for other covariates.� Differentials in consumption expenditures are statistically significant but smaller in magnitude than other determinants.� It is differentials in absolute, not relative, consumption that seem to matter most to work migrants.� Except for the latter, results are robust to different specifications and datasets.
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