The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration


During the 1990s the Kagera region of Tanzania experienced a forced migration shock. A series of geographical barriers led to a higher concentration of forced migrants in some parts of the region relative to others, resulting in a natural experiment. Using panel data (pre and post forced migration shock), we find that greater exposure to the refugee shock resulted in Tanzanians having a lower likelihood of working outside the household as employees. However, employees more affected by the shock had a higher probability of being in professional occupations and being part of a pensions program.


Ruiz, I.; Vargas-Silva, C. The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration. American Economic Review (2015) 105 (5) 581-586. [DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20151110]

The Labor Market Impacts of Forced Migration

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