The development push of refugees : evidence from Tanzania

Maystadt, Jean-Francois and Duranton, Gilles (2019) The development push of refugees : evidence from Tanzania. Journal of Economic Geography, 19 (2). 299–334. ISSN 1468-2702

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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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