UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

ARE in The Economist: Economic Impact of Refugees

April 26, 2018

An article in the April 21, 2018, issue of The Economist features ARE research on the economic impacts of refugees in countries bordering conflict zones, which host the vast majority of the world's refugees. The study found that each new refugee household in Uganda boosts total local income, including that of refugees, by $320-430 more than the cost of the United Nations food aid the refugee household receives. This impact rises to $560-670 when refugees are given aid in cash on cell phones instead of in-kind food aid.

Professor Ed Taylor is leading this research, in collaboration with current graduate students Anubhab Gupta, Mohamad Alloush, Irvin Rojas, and Heng Zhu; ARE alumnus Mateusz Filipski (IFPRI and University of Georgia); and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) East Africa Program Officer Ernesto Gonzalez. Their findings appear in articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)World Development and Harvard Business Review. The studies employ a unique approach that includes carrying out surveys of households and businesses inside refugee settlements as well as in the host country out to a radius of 10–15 km around each settlement, together with econometric and local general-equilibrium modeling methods. 

Click here to read The Economist article "Refugees need not be a burden, if they are allowed to work."

 

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