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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
What Do Middle-Income Countries Want from the IMF as They Look to Recover from the Pandemic?
November 01, 2021
After more than a year of grappling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many middle-income countries (MICs) will continue to experience health and economic dislocation for some time to come. While much of the global financial community’s attention has focused on supporting low-income...
Can Regular Migration Channels Reduce Irregular Migration? Lessons for Europe from the United States
February 14, 2018
Lawful migration channels are often suggested as a tool to reduce unlawful migration, but often without much evidence that they work. There is evidence that lawful channels for migration between Mexico and the United States have suppressed unlawful migration, but only when combined with robust enfor...
The Need for a Bilateral Labor Agreement Between the US and Mexico, and the Responsibility for Leadership
December 04, 2017
From his keynote speech in Mexico City, Michael Clemens writes: Mexico and the United States need a bilateral agreement to regulate the labor migration flows between these two neighboring countries. They have needed such an agreement my entire life.
Foreign Policy Is Migration Policy: Lessons from the Drivers of Central American Child Migration
September 12, 2017
Violence, Development, and Migration Waves: Evidence from Central American Child Migrant Apprehensions - Working Paper 459
July 21, 2017
This paper studies the relationship between violence in the Northern Triangle and child migration to the United States. It finds that one additional homicide per year in the region, sustained over the six-year period of study—that is, a cumulative total of six additional homicides—caused...
Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion - Working Paper 451
March 31, 2017
We study a natural experiment that excluded almost half a million Mexican ‘bracero’ seasonal agricultural workers from the United States, with the stated goal of raising wages and employment for domestic farm workers. We reject the wage effect of bracero exclusion required by the mode...
Shared Harvest: Temporary Work Visas as US-Haiti Development Cooperation
January 23, 2017
We estimate the economic effects of short-term work by a small sample of farmers from Haiti in the United States, where no US workers are available. We then compare these to the effects of more traditional assistance. We find that these work opportunities benefit Haitian families much more directly,...