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Determinants of choice of migration destination, Volume 1
 
Author:Fafchamps, Marcel; Shilpi, Forhad; Country:South Asia;
Date Stored:2008/09/26Document Date:2008/09/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Transport Economics Policy & Planning; Economic Theory & Research; ; Inequality; Population Policies
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education; Transportation
Rel. Proj ID:8S-Where To Go? Migration Pattern In Nepal -- -- P106131;Region:South Asia
Report Number:WPS4728Sub Sectors:Roads and highways; General education sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4728TF No/Name:TF030835-IDA CONSULTANTS POOLED CTF - FY07; TF090153-JAPAN; TF090739-JAPAN
Volume No:1  

Summary: Internal migration plays an important role in moderating regional differences in well-being. This paper analyzes migrants' choice of destination, using Census and Living Standard Surveys data from Nepal. The paper examines how the choice of a migration destination is influenced by income differentials, distance, population density, social proximity, and amenities. The study finds population density and social proximity to have a strong significant effect: migrants move primarily to high population density areas where many people share their language and ethnic background. Better access to amenities is significant as well. Differentials in expected income and consumption expenditures across districts are found to be relatively less important in determining migration destination choice as their effects are smaller in magnitude than those of other determinants. The results of the study suggest that an improvement in amenities (such as the availability of paved roads) at the origin could slow down out-migration substantially.

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