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Migration and economic mobility in Tanzania : evidence from a tracking survey, Volume 1
Author:Beegle, Kathleen; De Weerdt, Joachim; Dercon, Stefan; Country:Tanzania;
Date Stored:2008/12/18Document Date:2008/12/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Access to Finance; Rural Poverty Reduction; Population Policies; Youth and Governance; Consumption
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education
Rel. Proj ID:TZ-The Long-Run Impacts Of Health Shocks In Africa -- -- P082486;Region:Africa
Report Number:WPS4798Sub Sectors:General education sector; Primary education
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4798Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)TF No/Name:TF053965-TFESSD; TF030633-DANISH CTF - FY05 (SECTOR - EDUCATION/WSF/L,J, PUBLIC ADMIN/ENV & NATUR; TF030745-DANISH CTF - FY06 (SECTOR - EDUCATION/WSF/L,J, PUBLIC ADMIN/ENV & NATUR; TF051295-KCP-THE LONG-RUN IMPACTS OF HEALTH SHOCKS IN AFRICA
Volume No:1  

Summary: This study explores the extent to which migration has contributed to improved living standards of individuals in Tanzania. Using longitudinal data on individuals, the authors estimate the impact of migration on consumption growth between 1991 and 2004. The analysis addresses concerns about heterogeneity and unobservable factors correlated with both income changes and the decision to migrate. The findings show that migration adds 36 percentage points to consumption growth, during a period of considerable growth in consumption. These results are robust to numerous tests and alternative specifications. Unpacking the findings, the analysis finds that moving out of agriculture is correlated with much higher growth than staying in agriculture, although growth is always higher in any sector if one physically moves. Economic mobility is strongly linked to geographic mobility. The puzzle is why more people do not move if returns to geographic mobility are high. The evidence is consistent with models in which exit barriers are set by home communities (through social and family norms) that prevent migration of certain categories of people.

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