Graduation Year

2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Economics

Major Professor

Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong

Co-Major Professor

Gabriel Picone

Keywords

Conflict, Development, Instrumental Variables, Migration, Violence

Abstract

As of 2012, approximately 10% of the population in Colombia has been displaced by violence. The main motivation of this paper is to estimate the effect of interregional migration on employment outcomes in the country between 1993 and 2005. Using violence as an instrument for migration, I analyzed the differential effects of migration on specific employment outcomes across gender and skill levels. I find that a one percentage point increase in net migration only increases the unemployment rates of female migrants by 0.656 percentage point. I also find that net migration rates do not affect the employment conditions of low-skilled natives, even in industries with high composition of migrant workers.

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