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Migration and development

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Credit hour 4
Total number of hours 20
Number of hours for lectures 20


Good knowledge of econometrics and statistics, and solid basis in microeconomics.


The course aims at strengthening students' ability to read critically theoretical and econometric papers, providing them with an in-depth overview of the some of the most significant and recent contributions to the economic literature on the causes and on the effects of international migration. The course should also allow the student to write a mémoire on the determinants or the economic effects of international migration.


Course description

The courses introduces the students to the analysis of some of the key aspects of the two-way relationship between international migration flows and economic development in the migrant-sending countries.

Course requirements

The course will be based on the so-called flipped (or inverted) classroom. Students will be assigned an article to read before each lecture (except for the first lecture). The lectures are meant to provide time for exchanges about the article: clarifications on either the theoretical or the empirical part, and its position within the context of the literature on migration and development. If you do not read the proposed article in advance, the lecture will be extremely hard to follow.


Final two-hour written exam (students can chose whether to write it in English or in French), which will be based on the recommended reading material, and on the discussions in class.

Course outline

The course includes an introductory lecture, that is meant to provide the students with some stylized facts about international migration, and with an introduction to theoretical models that describe the determinants of the decision to migrate. The rest of the course is divided into two parts, with the first one having a microeconomic focus, while the second one having a more macro approach, analyzing how migration can contribute to the structural transformation of migrant-sending countries. The selection of articles on which the course is based is not meant to provide a comprehensive overview of the multi-faceted and two-way relationship between migration and development, but rather to provide the students with an in-depth understanding of a (highly selected) portion of the contributions to this topic. The description of the content of Lecture Two to Ten is simply represented by the abstract of each paper.


Ambler, K. (2015). Don't tell on me: Experimental evidence of asymmetric information in transnational households. Journal of Development Economics, 113, 52-69.

Angelucci, M. (2015). Migration and
financial constraints: Evidence from Mexico. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 97 (1), 224-228.

Bahar, D. and Rapoport, H. (2018). Migration, knowledge diffusion and the comparative advantage of nations. The Economic Journal, 128 (612), F273-F305.

Barsbai, T., Rapoport, H., Steinmayr, A. and Trebesch, C. (2017). The effect of labor migration on the diffusion of democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9 (3), 36-69.

Bertoli, S. and Marchetta, F. (2014). Migration, remittances and poverty in Ecuador. The Journal of Development Studies, 50 (8), 1067-1089.

Bertoli, S. and Murard, E. (forthcoming). Migration and co-residence choices: Evidence from Mexico. Journal of Development Economics.

Chort, I. and Senne, J.-N. (2015). Selection into migration within a household model: Evidence from senegal. The World Bank Economic Review, 29, S247-S256.

de Laat, J. (2014). Household allocations and endogenous information: The case of split migrants in Kenya. Journal of Development Economics, 106, 108-117.

Fafchamps, M. and Quisumbing, A. R. (2008). Household formation and marriage markets in rural areas. In T. P. Schultz and J. A. Strauss (eds.), Handbook of Development Economics,vol. 4, Elsevier, pp. 3187-3247.

Parsons, C. and Vezina, P.-L. (2018). Migrant networks and trade: The Vietnamese boat people as a natural experiment. The Economic Journal, 128 (612), F210-F234.

Woodruff, C. and Zenteno, R. (2007). Migration networks and microenterprises in Mexico. Journal of Development Economics, 82 (2), 509-528.


Examen terminal 2 heures