Abundance from abroad: migrant income and long-run economic development

Abundance from abroad: migrant income and long-run economic development
Manila, Philippines (mountain_MX/Flickr)
Written by Arichika Okazaki

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When international migrant incomes improve, what are the consequences for global income (from international and domestic sources) in migrant-origin economies? In this webinar, Professor Dean Yang presents new research on the long-run equilibrium effects of migrant income shocks on global income in Philippine provinces.

Positive shocks to migrant income magnify over time as education levels rise, migration increases, and migrants enter higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs. Higher migrant income also causes higher domestic income, primarily from household entrepreneurship. Domestic income gains account for 75% of global income gains. Education investments explain, respectively, 42% and 18% of migrant and domestic income gains.

Read the full paper here.


Dean Yang is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His research agenda spans a range of applied microeconomic topics, including international migration, microfinance, health, disasters, trade, religion, and political economy.

This webinar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded, and the recording will be made available after the event through the Development Policy Centre website.

Arichika Okazaki

Arichika Okazaki is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Development Studies from the ANU. He assists in the coordination of the Centre’s events, including the annual Australasian Aid Conference and the PNG Update.

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