Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161171
Authors: 
Clemens, Michael A.
Postel, Hannah M.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10548
Abstract: 
We report a small-sample, preliminary evaluation of the economic impact of temporary overseas work by Haitian agricultural workers. This work occurs in the United States in the context of a pilot program designed as a form of post-disaster development assistance to Haiti. We find that the effects of matching new seasonal agricultural jobs in the US with Haitian workers differs markedly from the effects of more traditional forms of assistance to Haiti, in three ways: The economic benefits are shared roughly equally between Haiti and the United States; these benefits are very large, including raising the value of Haitian workers' labor by a multiple of fifteen; and the portion of the benefits accruing to Haiti is uncommonly well targeted for the direct benefit of poor Haitian households. We discuss implementation challenges faced by the program and the potential for policies of this kind to complement more traditional forms of development and humanitarian assistance.
Subjects: 
development
policy
aid
assistance
migration
mobility
poverty
guest work
agriculture
farm
JEL: 
F22
O15
O22
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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