World Bank Research Digest


Volume 14, No. 1, Fall 2019

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Global Migration.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Migration is Key for Reducing Poverty and Sustaining Economic Growth
  2. How Labor Markets Fit Into the Global Migration DebateMigration policies should help lower short-term dislocation costs of native-born workers and more widely distribute economic benefits. 
  3. How Big is the Payoff From Migration? Evidence from a Lottery. Outcomes for migrant lottery winners suggest the economic payoff to moving to a richer country comes immediately and persists for at least a decade.
    John Gibson, David Mackenzie, Halahingano Rohorua, and Steven Stillman
  4. Reducing Barriers to Migration Boosts Welfare in China’s Rural VillagesA greater ability to migrate from China’s rural villages to booming cities boosts goods consumption with poorest households key beneficiaries.
    Alan de Brauw and John Giles
  5. Exposure to Immigrant Classmates and Natives’ Test Scores. Immigration debates rage on, but native children will find new friends in school, not worse learning outcomes. 
    Laurent Bossavie
  6. How Aging, Education, and Migration Affect WagesAging and education have the strongest influence on wages, favoring the low-skilled, with immigration a minor factor that also helps reduce wage gaps. 
    Frederic Docquier, Zovanga L. Kone, Aaditya Mattoo, and Çaglar Özden
  7. Highly Skilled Migration: “Brain Drain” or “Brain Gain”? Diasporas of highly skilled migrants, such as inventors, offer a path toward the internationalization of inventive activity. 
    Ernest Miguelez
  8. Aging, Trade, and MigrationDynamic sectors may relocate to younger markets when population ages. Immigration can prevent this relocation more effectively than tariffs.
    Richard Chisik, Harun Onder, and Dhimitri Qirjo
  9. Global Spillovers of National Migration PoliciesCurrent and potential migrants constantly weigh location-specific utility levels, migration costs, and (expected) future opportunities.
    Erhan Artuc and Çaglar Özden.
  10. Getting a Better Sense of How Long Refugees Have Been in ExileA rigorous review of UNHCR data finds that more than half of global refugees have spent 4 years or less in exile, a historical low.
    Xavier Devictor and Quy-Toan Do
  11. Creating a Migrant Rights DatabaseNew Migrant Rights Database enables country contrasts as global community crafts a global standard for migration governance and human rights protection.
    Justin Gest and Tom K. Wong
  12. Recent Policy Research Working Papers on Global Migration