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The Productivity Effects of Seasonal Migration: Evidence from NZ


Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am, Dec. 10th, 2021

Platform: Zoom

Speaker: Melanie Morten

(Stanford University)


Meeting ID: 830 3495 8277

Passcode: inse



We study the impact of a sudden reduction in temporary agricultural workers, resulting from the unanticipated March 2020 border closure, on New Zealand firms. We identify firms that were expecting workers but the workers did not arrive before the border closure and compare these firms to other firms where the workers arrived just before the border closure. We document the direct productivity effects at the firm level of having a seasonal migrant and then study the labor market responses as firms address the labor shortage.





Professor Morten is an Associate Professor of Economics at Stanford University and she is a development economist who focuses on the migration of low-income people. Her research is concentrated on two aspects of migration: the economic effects of migration and the determinants of migration. Professor Morten’s work explores the causes and effects of different types of movement, including internal and international migration, temporary and permanent relocations, and within-city residential movements. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Journal of Political Economy and Review of Economic Studies. Professor Morten is also an associate editor of Review of Economics and Statistics. Professor Morten received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 2013.