Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines

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Emily Beam

National University of Singapore (NUS) - NUS Business School

David J. McKenzie

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

Dean Yang

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2014

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. We conducted a large-scale randomized experiment in the Philippines testing the impact of unilaterally facilitating international labor migration. Our 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 we induced (22%) falls far short of the share initially expressing interest in migrating (34%). We conclude that unilateral migration facilitation will at most induce a trickle, not a flood, of additional emigration.

Suggested Citation

Beam, Emily and McKenzie, David John and Yang, Dean, Unilateral Facilitation Does Not Raise International Labor Migration from the Philippines (December 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20759, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2541535

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