3:00—4:00 PM Washington DC time

Behavioral Responses to Temporary Migration: An Examination of Origin-country Fertility


  • Caroline Theoharides, Assistant Professor, Amherst College


  • David McKenzie, Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit, The World Bank Group


  • Michael Clemens, Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

About the Event

How does migration affect reproductive preferences and behaviors? In a new paper, Caroline Theoharides and Susan Godlonton study the impact of exposure to reproductive health policies during temporary migration episodes on origin-country fertility behavior. The study examines temporary migration from the Philippines and finds that the proportion of women in a municipality giving birth in a particular year decreases after exposure to more liberalized reproductive health policies.

Theoharides will join CGD for an online presentation of the paper in which she will discuss the methodology, results, and policy implications for reproductive health. If you are unable to attend the event live, the discussion will be recorded for later viewing.

*CGD’s Research Seminar Series (RSS) invites leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations are at times technical but retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers.

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