Informing Migration Policies: A Data Primer

60 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2015

See all articles by Calogero Carletto

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Jennica Larrison

University of Baltimore - College of Public Affairs

Caglar Ozden

World Bank - Research Department

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Abstract

Researchers in many fields, such as demography, economics, and sociology, have established various data collection methodologies and principles to answer a range of academic and policy questions on migration. Although the progress has been impressive, some basic challenges remain. This paper addresses some basic, yet fundamental, questions on identification of international migrants and how their various demographic, personal, and human capital characteristics are captured via different data sources. The critical issues are the construction of proper sampling frames in censuses, registers, and surveys and the design of questionnaires in household, labor market, and other relevant surveys.The paper discusses how these data sources can be used to answer policy questions in areas such as labor markets, education, or poverty. The focus is on how some of the existing shortcomings in availability, quality, and relevance of migration data can be overcome via improvements in data collection methods.

Keywords: migration, development, survey design, data collection, data dissemination

JEL Classification: F22, J61, O15

Suggested Citation

Carletto, Calogero and Larrison, Jennica and Özden, Çaglar, Informing Migration Policies: A Data Primer. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8745, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2544809

Calogero Carletto (Contact Author)

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Çaglar Özden

World Bank - Research Department ( email )

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