MIGNEX Background Paper

Empirical assessments of the development impacts of migration


Measuring the impact of migration on development implies fundamental and wide-ranging conceptual and methodological considerations. This background paper reviews key concepts and methodological approaches to date and provides suggestions for future research.

By Lisa Andersson, Melissa Siegel – Published on 05 October 2019
Key takeaways
Investigating the development impacts of migration using a holistic, multi-dimensional approach would add value to existing evidence.
Without experimental data, researchers can include design features such as retrospective data and collection of complementary community-level data to reduce estimation bias due to self-selection.
Future research can fill an important gap by collecting and analysing data related to the development impacts of involuntary immobility.

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Andersson L, Siegel M (2019) Empirical assessments of the development impacts of migration. MIGNEX Background Paper. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo. Available at www.mignex.org/d024.