Detecting Migration

An Exploration of Measurement Issues Using the Malaysian Family Life Survey

by Scott R. Radloff


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This Note assesses the ability of common migration measures to detect moves by individuals and families. Section II reviews the measurement problems facing migration researchers. Section III describes the Malaysian Family Life Survey dataset, discusses its appropriateness for the investigation, and briefly explains how the evaluation of migration measures proceeds. Section IV evaluates migration definitions and measures with regard to detection efficiency and Sec. V assesses them with regard to detection bias. A discussion of the findings and their implications for migration research is taken up in Sec.VI. 9.

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