06 November 2012

Killer facts on migration

With a nod to Duncan Green - I asked Michael Clemens for some "killer facts" on migration after being invited to put some questions to a panel a few weeks ago. In the spirit of Adam Ozimek's call for more blogging on migration, I'm reposting them here.
  • Economic gains to even modestly greater global migration flows are much larger than the total elimination of all policy barriers to trade and all barriers to capital flows (source).
  • 82% of the Haitian-born who have left poverty have done so by leaving Haiti (at a PPP$10/day poverty line, i.e. 1/4 of median income for the bottom decile of UK incomes)  (source).
  • A Ghana-born, Ghana-educated semi-skilled construction worker earns at least six times the real living standard for doing exactly the same job in the US versus Ghana (source). 
  • A McDonalds worker can make up to 10 times as much in real terms doing exactly the same job in one country versus another country (source).
Which is your favourite fact?


Jacob AG said...

I like the last two facts the best. They show that the value of labor is dependent on where and for whom labor produces, a killer fact itself.

Kariobangi said...

Killer fact number 1 is the most impressive, no doubt!

Rich Mallett said...

Agree with your previous post that WDR 2013 goes easy on migration, and also with Kariobangi below - fact 1 is THE killer.

Here's another one to add to the list:

Internal migration within Ethopia can generate welfare gains of almost 300% (http://www.afd.fr/webdav/site/afd/shared/PORTAILS/RECHERCHE/evenements/Migrations-developpement-2012/Ethiopia_welfare_paper_PAAv2.pdf)

Rich Mallett said...

Woops...bad link:


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