This article was completely prepared while the first author was at Oregon State University.
Do rainfall conditions push or pull rural migrants: evidence from Malawi
Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
© 2011 International Association of Agricultural Economists
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 191–204, March 2012
How to Cite
Lewin, P. A., Fisher, M. and Weber, B. (2012), Do rainfall conditions push or pull rural migrants: evidence from Malawi. Agricultural Economics, 43: 191–204. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2011.00576.x
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- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 19 DEC 2011
- Received 3 December 2010; received in revised form 8 July 2011; accepted 14 September 2011
- Regional migration;
- Geographic labor mobility;
- Natural disasters;
- Global warming;
This article uses nationally representative data from Malawi's 2004/05 Integrated Household Survey (IHS2) to examine whether rainfall conditions influence a rural worker's decision to make a long-term move to an urban or another rural area. Results of a Full Information Maximum Likelihood regression model reveal that (1) rainfall shocks have a negative association with rural out-migration, (2) migrants choose to move to communities where rainfall variability and drought probability are lower, and (3) rainfall shocks have larger negative effects on the consumption of recent migrants than on the consumption of long-time residents.