WEBINAR: Determinants of rural youth migration throughout the developing world


May 3, 2019

When: 14 May 2019
Presenter: Alan de Brauw, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Moderator: Frank Place, Director, PIM

Photo: ILO in Asia and the Pacific

The decision of whether to migrate or not is one of many important decisions that young men and women make throughout the developing world. In this webinar, we will discuss determinants of internal migration by youth within five different countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania) using recently collected data, investigating both broad and specific hypotheses related to migration (such as whether and how migrants are positively selected on specific human capital characteristics). A key finding is that individual characteristics, like schooling, are more important determinants of migration than household characteristics. We also find little evidence that credit constraints or relative deprivation are correlated with migration at a nationally representative level, holding other things constant. This is important because previous studies, which were carried out in smaller sub-regions of countries, had found those credit constraints to be important. The webinar concludes with implications for policy in relation to migration, youth and employment, and rural development.


Alan de Brauw is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis. Prior to joining IFPRI, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams College. His research has focused on understanding the evolution of rural labor markets in a developing economy and the effects of migration on source households. Alan has also conducted randomized and non-randomized evaluations of conditional cash transfer programs and agricultural interventions.

In the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), Alan de Brauw leads and co-leads clusters of work on Approaches to Value Chain Improvement at Scale and on Interventions to Strengthen Value Chains, respectively.

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