Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines

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Emily Beam

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dean Yang

University of Michigan

Date Written: November 1, 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Population Policies, Labor Markets, Labor Policies, Access to Finance, Voluntary and Involuntary Resettlement

Suggested Citation

Beam, Emily and McKenzie, David John and Yang, Dean, Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines (November 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6689, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2350535

Emily Beam (Contact Author)

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David John McKenzie

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Dean Yang

University of Michigan

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