News and Announcements

  • CEHD is Hiring a Research Coordinator
    The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago invites applications for Research Coordinator.
  • Professor Heckman to Speak at Brazilian Academy of Sciences
    On Wednesday, March 24, Professor Heckman will participate in a webinar with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences on early childhood education.
  • CEHD Seeks LaTex/Beamer Expert
    CEHD seeks a LaTeX and Beamer expert with flexible, often short-notice availability (Central Time), with needs concentrated on weekends. The main suite of tasks focus on implementing edits to LaTeX documents obtained from handwritten comments and notes, as well as editing or creating slides (in PowerPoint or Beamer). This is an ideal arrangement for a student seeking a consistent, part-time, and long-term evening and weekend commitment.
  • Professor Heckman to Discuss the Role of Families in Human Flourishing at AEI
    On February 25, CEHD Director James J. Heckman will join American Enterprise Institute Visiting Scholar Katharine B. Stevens for a virtual conversation about what matters most for advancing all children’s well-being and success.
  • CEHD Executive Director to Speak at Marathon County Early Years Coalition Event
    On February 16, CEHD Executive Director Alison Baulos will present CEHD research on the importance of investing in early childhood education, as part of a Marathon County Early Years Coalition event. 
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Events and Workshops

April 6, 2021

Migration and Informal insurance: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial and a strucutral model

Costa Meghir, Yale University

Abstract: Do new migration opportunities for rural households change the nature and extent of informal risk sharing? We experimentally document that randomly offering poor rural households subsidies to migrate leads to a 40% improvement in risk sharing in their villages. We explain this finding using a model of endogenous migration and risk sharing. When migration is risky, the network can facilitate migration by insuring that risk, which in turn crowds-in risk sharing when new migration opportunities arise. We estimate the model and find that welfare gains from migration subsidies are 42% larger, compared with the welfare gains without spillovers, once we account for the changes in risk sharing. Our analysis illustrates that (a) ignoring the spillover effects on the network gives an incomplete picture of the welfare effects of migration, and (b) informal risk sharing may be an essential determinant of the takeup of new income-generating technologies.

Current and Upcoming Visitors

Visiting dates: September 29, 2020 - June 12, 2021

Salvador Navarro is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Demography and Ecology at Wisconsin. His research focuses on questions of identification in applied microeconomics problems. He has worked on topics related to education (credit constraints and information, effects of grade retention policy), crime (deterrence and the death penalty), discrimination (racial profiling), identification of dynamic models (dynamic treatment models, dynamic discrete choice models with aggregate data) and the analysis of plant level productivity amongst others.