//Michael Clemens (Washington) on the Economics of Migration

Michael Clemens (Washington) on the Economics of Migration

Dr Michael Clemens
Dr Michael Clemens

In this podcast we meet Dr Michael Clemens from the Center for Global Development in Washington. Dr Clemens is a passionate advocate of greater migration flows due to the economic benefits such flows bring, be it in spillovers to education and technology, or via direct reductions in labour costs. Dr Clemens’ recent work exploited a lottery system which was used to provide a temporary working visa to a sub-set of Indian software workers from a single firm, allowing Clemens to differentiate between place of work, whilst keeping all other aspects constant (type of work, firm policies and practices, etc.). Like other workers, Dr Clemens found that a large component of wage differentials was place-based, the so-called ‘Big-Mac Theory’ of development.

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Dr SIMON ANGUS is a computational and complexity scientist and member of the Department of Economics, Monash University. With a background across the physical and social sciences, he has diverse interests including complex systems science, data-science, networks, systems biology, evolutionary game theory and the study of technology.