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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Human Capital Investment under Exit Options: Evidence from a Natural Quasi-Experiment - Working Paper 152
September 30, 2008
When countries select immigrants based on skill, what happens in the migrants' countries of origin? Departing skilled workers obviously tend to reduce stocks of skill there, but the prospect of skilled migration can induce more investment in skill. It is not clear which effect dominates. This pa...
Don't Close the Golden Door: Making Immigration Policy Work for Development (White House and the World Policy Brief)
August 22, 2008
International movements of people can spark and sustain the development process in poor countries, helping people climb out of poverty. Creating opportunities for poor people to improve their lives promotes our values, enhances our security,and restores our faltering image abroad. The next president...
The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers across the U.S. Border - Working Paper 148
July 03, 2008
Are your wages determined by what you know, or where you are? This paper estimates how the wages of workers in 42 developing countries would change if the same people could work in the United States. It uses a rich new database on over two million workers around the world. A worker from the median...
Don't Close the Golden Door: Our Noisy Debate on Immigration and Its Deathly Silence on Development
May 27, 2008
International migration has long been a central tool in the battle against global poverty and inequality, but the recent heated political debate over immigration reform has largely failed to recognize how migration shapes the development process. In this essay, research fellow Michael Clemens and co...
Income per Natural: Measuring Development as if People Mattered More Than Places - Working Paper 143
March 13, 2008
Data on the average income of a resident of Ecuador is easy to find. But until now there has been no data on the average income of a person born in Ecuador, regardless of where she or he lives. In this paper, research fellow Michael Clemens and non-resident fellow Lant Pritchett introduce a new data...