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Unilateral facilitation does not raise international labor migration from the Philippines, Volume 1
Author:Beam, Emily; McKenzie, David; Yang, Dean; Country:Philippines;
Date Stored:2013/11/05Document Date:2013/11/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Access to Finance; Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement; Population Policies; Labor Markets; Labor Policies
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS6689Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6689Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 106
Volume No:1  

Summary: Significant income gains from migrating from poorer to richer countries have motivated unilateral (source-country) policies facilitating labor emigration. However, their effectiveness is unknown. The authors conducted a large-scale randomized experiment in the Philippines testing the impact of unilaterally facilitating international labor migration. The most intensive treatment doubled the rate of job offers but had no identifiable effect on international labor migration. Even the highest overseas job-search rate that was induced (22 percent) falls far short of the share initially expressing interest in migrating (34 percent). The paper concludes that unilateral migration facilitation will at most induce a trickle, not a flood, of additional emigration.

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