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Lunchseminar in Economics: Climate Change, Migration and Irrigation

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Speaker: Katrin Millock, Paris School of Economics, France
Event date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Place: CREA, 6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Calergi L-1359 Luxembourg, Building JFK Room Nancy-Metz

Climate change will affect both international and internal migration. Earlier work finds evidence of a climate-migration poverty trap: higher temperatures reduce agricultural yields, which in turn reduce emigration rates in low-income countries, due to liquidity constraints.  We test whether access to irrigation modulates the climate-migration poverty trap, since irrigation protects crops from heat. We regress measures of international and internal migration on decadal averages of temperature and rainfall, interacted with country-level data on irrigation and income. We find that irrigation access significantly weakens the climate-migration poverty trap, demonstrating the importance of considering alternative adaptation strategies when analysing climate migration.

Professor Katrin Millock is Research Fellow in Economics of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Associate Professor at Paris School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a specialist in environmental and resource economics. Her research addresses both theoretical and empirical aspects of environmental economics and she has contributed to evidence-based policy assessments for the French Ministry of Environment and the OECD, amongst other institutions. Her current research focuses on climate change and development, in particular climate-induced migration.

Link: https://wwwfr.uni.lu/recherche/fdef/crea/seminars
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