Exploring migrants & labor markets through mobile phone data

A central question in the study of migration concerns the role that migrants play in local economies and bringing economies towards more efficient uses of its resources. Largely due to the lack of reliable, micro-level data on internal migration, there is limited understanding of how migration actually occurs and how the migration process brings about changes in labor wages and productivity. The goal of this project is to improve the state of knowledge about migration within low-income countries through the use of a novel source of internal migration data: mobile phone records, which can be used to track the location of millions of individuals – and tens of thousands of internal migrants – on a day-to-day basis, over a period of several years. The end goal is an improved understanding of internal migration in relation to local labor markets through the analysis of data and design of economic and human migration models.

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