DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series: Migrant Labor Markets and the Welfare of Rural Households in the Developing World
March 3, 2016DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

Abstract: In this paper, we examine the impact of reductions in barriers to migration on the economic well-being of households in rural China. We find that increased migration from rural villages contributes to significant increases in consumption per capita, income per capita, non-durable consumption per capita and investment in housing and durable goods assets, and further, that the effects of migration are larger in magnitude for poorer households within villages. We do not find robust evidence, however, to support a connection between increased migration and investment in productive activity. Instead, migration is associated with two significant changes for poorer households: increases both in the total labor supplied to productive activities and in the land per capita managed by the household. In examining the effect of migration, we pay considerable attention to motivating, developing and evaluating our identification strategy.

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  • John GIles

    Senior Labor Economist, Development Research Group
    John Giles is Senior Labor Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development and Public Services Team). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. Prior to joining the World Bank in May 2007, he spent two years as an Academy Scholar at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and six years at Michigan State, where he was an Associate Professor before joining the World Bank. His current research interests include: the movement of labor from agricultural to non-agricultural employment, internal migration and its impacts on households and communities, poverty traps, household risk-coping and risk-management behavior, long-term effects of shocks to employment, school-to-work transitions, population aging and retirement decisions in developing countries, and women's labor supply decisions in developing countries.
  • The DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series is hosted by the World Bank's Development Research Group (DECRG) based in the World Bank Malaysia office. The series invites leading researchers in development economics and public policy to present their recent work in an academic-style seminar format
  • WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2016; 12:30 - 2:00 pm
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
  • RSVP: By March 1, 2016 to Please include your full name, passport/Malaysia IC and affiliation