Microeconomic Approaches to Studying Migration Decisions

by Julie DaVanzo

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Introduces the reader to the main ideas and concepts of microeconomic models for studying migration decisionmaking, summarizes and critiques the main empirical approaches used to test these models, summarizes their principal findings, and highlights the resulting implications for the design of surveys to provide data suitable for estimating microeconomic models of migration. The models and methods discussed pertain to internal migration in developing and developed countries alike. Notes modifications that might be necessary to adapt to a developing country setting models usually used to study migration in developed countries. The paper also deals with two recent extensions of the economic model: family considerations and return and repeat migration.

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