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The Welfare Effects of Encouraging Rural-Urban Migration

David Lagakos, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Michael E. Waugh

NBER Working Paper No. 24193
Issued in January 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

For helpful comments we thank Matthias Doepke, Greg Kaplan, Louis Kaplow, Sam Kortum, Jeremy Magruder, Melanie Morten, Paul Niehaus, Natalia Ramondo, Chris Tonetti, Fabrizio Zilibotti and seminar participants at Barcelona, Bristol, Chicago, Edinburgh, the Einaudi Institute, Fordham, the Hong Kong School of Economics and Finance, NYU, St. Andrews, Stockholm IIES, UC Irvine, UNC, USC Marshall, Washington, Yale, Zurich, the Minnesota Macro Workshop, the STLARS conference, the MadMac Growth conference, the NBER Macroeconomics Across Time and Space Meeting, the SED and the AEA meetings. For outstanding research assistance we thank Elizabeth Carls, Menaal Ebrahim, Patrick Kiernan and Seungmin Lee, and for financial support we thank the International Growth Centre. All potential errors are our own The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak ----

Mobarak's salary is paid by Yale University, and he has received other income from the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT, Innovations for Poverty Action in New Haven and the International Growth Centre at LSE during the period that this research was conducted. None of these organizations have any material interests in the results of this research.

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