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Individual Migration and Household Incomes

Julia Garlick, Murray Leibbrandt, James Levinsohn

NBER Working Paper No. 22326
Issued in June 2016
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We estimate the returns to internal migration in South Africa. These appear to be the first nationally representative estimates of the return to migration for any African country-- a somewhat surprising claim for a literature that's over 60 years old. We develop a framework to analyze individual migration in the context of income pooling within endogenously formed households. We apply this framework to estimate the return to migration from the perspective of the migrant (as is typically done) as well as from the perspectives of the sending and receiving households.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22326

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