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The development push of refugees: evidence from Tanzania

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Economic Geography
Issue number2
Volume19
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)299–334
Publication statusPublished
Early online date24/04/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We exploit a 1991–2010 Tanzanian household panel to assess the effects of the temporary refugee inflows originating from Burundi (1993) and Rwanda (1994). We find that the refugee presence has had a persistent and positive impact on the welfare of the local population. We investigate the possible channels of transmission, underscoring the importance of a decrease in transport costs as a key driver of this persistent change in welfare. We interpret these findings as the ability of a temporary shock to induce a persistent shift in the equilibrium through subsequent investments rather than a switch to a new equilibrium in a multiple-equilibrium setting.

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Geography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Jean-François Maystadt, Gilles Duranton; The development push of refugees: evidence from Tanzania, Journal of Economic Geography, 19,2 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/joeg/article/19/2/299/4984499