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International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development

Edited by Robert E.B. Lucas, Professor of Economics, Boston University, US
This Handbook summarizes the state of thinking and presents new evidence on various links between international migration and economic development, with particular reference to lower-income countries. The connections between trade, aid and migration are critically examined through global case studies.
Extent: 488 pp
Hardback Price: $240.00 Web: $216.00
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78254 806 5
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Migration and economic development are mutually linked. Development is a catalyst for migration and vice versa. However, the signs of causal links in both directions remain widely disputed, prompting questions about the reciprocity between the two.

This Handbook summarizes the state of thinking and presents new evidence on various links between international migration and economic development, with particular reference to lower-income countries. The connections between trade, aid and migration are critically examined through global case studies. Some of the topics covered include:

• a review of European states’ co-development strategies to limit immigration and redirect remittances

• an exploration of the role of the diaspora in transferring technology and stimulating trade

• an examination of the economic roots of international terrorism.

The various chapters extend our frontiers of understanding with fresh evidence, providing a useful reference point for researchers, students and policymakers interested in development and migration.
‘This book addresses a largely unresolved mirror question. Does migration cause development or the other way around? As the contributors show, the compromise idea that they are mutually constitutive depends on a careful examination of the forms of migration (temporary, circular, permanent or return), the role of the destination and origin states and the ways in which remittance income has been deployed. Robert Lucas has assembled an excellent team of established and up-and-coming economists who address these issues in this instructive Handbook.’
– Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK
Contributors: C. Carletto, M.A. Clemens, J. Crush, P. Derin-Güre, J. Gibson, F. Gubert, A.M. Ibáñez, O. Ivus, F. Kondylis, J. Larrison, R.E.B. Lucas, R. A. Margo, D. McKenzie, P. Mishra, V. Mueller, A. Naghavi, Ç. Özden, C.R. Parsons, J. Wahba, L.A. Winters, CB.
Contents:

1. Migration and Economic Development: An Introduction and Synopsis
Robert E.B. Lucas

2. Informing Migration Policies: A Data Primer
Calogero Carletto, Jennica Larrison and Çaglar Özden

3. The Economic History of Migration: The Pre-World War One United States as Lens
Robert A. Margo

4. International Migration, Trade and Aid: A Survey
Christopher R. Parsons and L. Alan Winters

5. The Discourse and Practice of Co-development in Europe
Flore Gubert

6. Does Development Reduce Migration?
Michael A. Clemens

7. Development through Seasonal Worker Programs: The Case of New Zealand's RSE Program.
John Gibson and David McKenzie

8. Southern Hub: The Globalization of Migration to South Africa
Jonathan Crush

9. Emigration and Wages in Source Countries: A Survey of the Empirical Literature
Prachi Mishra

10. Migration, Technology Diffusion and Institutional Development at the Origin
Olena Ivus and Alireza Naghavi

11. The Migration-Trade Link in Developing Economies: A Summary and Extension of Evidence
Robert E.B. Lucas

12. Return Migration and Economic Development
Jackline Wahba

13. Growth in Forced Displacement: Cross-Country, Sub-National and Household Evidence on Potential Determinants
Ana María Ibáñez

14. Economic Consequences of Conflict and Environmental Displacement
Florence Kondylis and Valerie Mueller

15. Development, Immigration and Terrorism
Pinar Derin-Güre

Index