Migration and Wealth Accumulation in Uganda

Posted: 17 Jul 2009

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William E. Herrin

University of the Pacific

John R. Knight

University of the Pacific - Eberhardt School of Business

Arsene M. Balihuta

Makerere University - Institute of Economics

Date Written: July 15, 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the causes and effects of migration in Uganda. It is the first to do so using household level data. The data are unusually detailed, chronicling the movements of household heads from birth to time of enumeration. Using Poisson regression analysis, we are able to investigate the characteristics that influence the number of moves undertaken by the household head. Using the Poisson results, we find that more moves in search of employment lead to less wealth accumulation. Although this result appears to be counterintuitive, it supports theories of migration in less developed countries. We also find that households headed by men are in general less likely to move than those headed by women, which could reflect differential ownership rights implicit in Ugandan law. This finding is reversed, however, when moves are limited to those in search of employment. This suggests that men, being the primary providers when they are the household head, are more likely to move more in search of employment.

Keywords: migration, Uganda, less developed countries, Poisson regression

Suggested Citation

Herrin, William E. and Knight, John Ross and Balihuta, Arsene M., Migration and Wealth Accumulation in Uganda (July 15, 2009). Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434555

William E. Herrin

University of the Pacific

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John Ross Knight (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific - Eberhardt School of Business ( email )

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Arsene M. Balihuta

Makerere University - Institute of Economics ( email )

Kampala
Uganda

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