Melanie Morten |Morton  


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Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Stanford University

memorten [at] stanford [dot] edu

Working Papers

“The Effects of Roads on Trade and Migration: Evidence from a Planned Capital City” (August 2017). With Jaqueline Oliveira.
[NBER Working Paper, April 2016]

“The Aggregate Productivity Effects of Internal Migration: Evidence from Indonesia” (June 2017). With Gharad Bryan.
[NBER Working Paper, June 2017]

“Temporary Migration and Endogenous Risk Sharing in Village India"” (April 2017).
Second revision resubmitted, Journal of Political Economy.
[NBER Working Paper, December 2015]


“A Personal Touch in Text Message Can Improve Loan Repayment,” Behavioral Science and Policy Review, 2016. With Dean Karlan and Jonathan Zinman.

“Remittances and the Brain Drain Revisted: The Microdata Show That More Educated Migrants Remit More,” World Bank Economic Review Review, 2010. With Albert Bollard, David McKenzie and Hillel Rapoport.

“The Remitting Patterns of African Migrants in the OECD,” Journal of African Economies, 2010. With Albert Bollard and David McKenzie.

Selected work in progress

"Seasonal Migration and Risk Sharing in Bangladesh," with Costas Meghir, Mushfiq Mobarak and Corina Mommaerts

"Migration and Walls," with Treb Allen and Caue Dobbin


“Internal Migration in Africa” (2015). CSAE Migration Keynote

Projects in the field

“The demand for foreign exchange loans in Armenia,” with Joe Kaboski and Aram Deryzan.
Status: Pilot underway (Summer 2017)

“Evaluating the Dar e Salaam BRT system,” with Gharad Bryan and Bilal Siddiqi
Status: Midline underway (Summer 2017)

“Seasonal migration in Indonesia,” with Gharad Bryan, Shyamal Chaudhury and Mushfiq Mobarak
Status: Quantitative pilot underway (Summer 2017)

“Experimental constraints to risk-sharing,” with Arun Chandrasekhar and Alessandra Peters
Status: Pilot underway (Summer 2017)

“Urban unemployment in Tamil Nadu,” with Anita Bhide, Gharad Bryan, and Mushfiq Mobarak,
Status: Pilot underway (Summer 2017)

Website updated: 6 August 2017