Techniques for analysis of migration-history data from the ESCAP national migration surveys

by Julie DaVanzo

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A discussion of alternative techniques for analyzing migration and its determinants and consequences using migration-history and life-history data from the ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) National Migration Surveys. Methods of processing and analyzing life-history data are discussed for (1) descriptions of migration patterns and how they have changed over time, (2) analyses of determinants of migration, (3) analyses of choice among alternative types of moves, and (4) studies of individual-level consequences of migration. The paper focuses on methodological issues. It discusses general types of data desired or required, how these should be "retrieved," and what analytic techniques are most appropriate. Techniques considered range from simple cross-tabulations and ordinary least squares regression to sophisticated regression-switching models and hazard models. The paper concludes with an examination of the data processing implications of the recommendations.

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