Michael A. Clemens
Research Fellow

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Clemens Michael Clemens is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies the economic effects and causes of migration around the world. He has published on migration, development, and impact evaluation, in peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Economic Review, and his research has been awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize. He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and World Development. He is the author of the book The Walls of Nations, forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Previously, Clemens has been an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Brazil, and Turkey. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University, specializing in economic development, public finance, and economic history.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2014.
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IZA World of Labor article: Smart policy toward high-skill emigrants
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
11061  Michael A. Clemens
Testing for Repugnance in Economic Transactions: Evidence from Guest Work in the Gulf
(forthcoming in: Journal of Legal Studies)
10928  Michael A. Clemens
Violence, Development and Migration Waves: Evidence from Central American Child Migrant Apprehensions
10806  Michael A. Clemens
Jennifer Hunt
The Labor Market Effects of Refugee Waves: Reconciling Conflicting Results
10548  Michael A. Clemens
Hannah M. Postel
Temporary Work Visas as US-Haiti Development Cooperation: A Preliminary Impact Evaluation
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2017, 6:4)
10512  Michael A. Clemens
Ethan Gatewood Lewis
Hannah M. Postel
Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion
(forthcoming in: American Economic Review, 2018)
10492  Michael A. Clemens
The Effect of Occupational Visas on Native Employment: Evidence from Labor Supply to Farm Jobs in the Great Recession
9789  Michael A. Clemens
Claudio Montenegro
Lant Pritchett
Bounding the Price Equivalent of Migration Barriers
(conditional acceptance in: Review of Economics and Statistics)
9730  Michael A. Clemens
Lant Pritchett
The New Economic Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment
(revise and resubmit)
9218  Michael A. Clemens
Losing Our Minds? New Research Directions on Skilled Migration and Development
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2016, 37 (7): 1227-1248.)
9000  Michael A. Clemens
The Meaning of Failed Replications: A Review and Proposal
(published in: Journal of Economic Surveys, 2017, 31 (1): 326-342)
8592  Michael A. Clemens
Does Development Reduce Migration?
(published in: Robert E.B. Lucas, ed. (2014), International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development. London: Edward Elgar, Chap. 6, pp. 152185.)
7028  Michael A. Clemens
Erwin R. Tiongson
Split Decisions: Family Finance when a Policy Discontinuity Allocates Overseas Work
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 99 (3), 531-543)
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
136 Michael A. Clemens
Hannah M. Postel
Deterring Emigration with Foreign Aid: An Overview of Evidence from Low-Income Countries