Techniques for Analysis of Migration-History Data

by Julie DaVanzo

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This Note discusses alternative techniques for analyzing migration and its determinants and consequences using migration-history and life-history data, such as those collected in the ESCAP National Migration Surveys or the RAND Malaysian Family Life Survey. The Note discusses methods of processing and analyzing life-history data and concentrates on methodological issues. For each topic, it discusses the general types of data desired or required, how these should be “retrieved” from the life history, and what analytic techniques are most appropriate. The discussions cover some simple, old techniques (such as cross-tabulations and ordinary least squares regression) and some sophisticated, new ones (e.g., regression-switching models and hazard models). The concluding section discusses implications of these recommendations for data processing.

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