Melanie Morten

Associate Professor, Economics Department, Stanford University

Working Papers

Balboni, C., Bryan, G., Morten, M., & Siddiqi, B. (2020). Transportation, Gentrification, and Urban Mobility: The Inequality Effects of Place-Based Policies.

Chandrasekhar, A., Morten, M., & Peter, A. (2020). Network-Based Hiring: Local Benefits; Global Costs.

NBER Working Paper 26806


Morten, M. & Oliveira, J. (2023). The Effects of Roads on Trade and Migration: Evidence from a Planned Capital City. NBER Working Paper 22158

Conditionally accepted: AEJ:Applied

Allen, T., Dobbin, C. & Morten, M. (2019). Border Walls. Nontechnical summary

NBER Working Paper 25267

Media coverage: The Economist; The Washington Post; CNN; NPR's The Indicator (podcast); VoxEU; Quartz; Bloomberg; Politico ; SIEPR;  Development Impact

Revision requested: the Review of Economic Studies


Meghir, C., Mobarak, M., Mommaerts, C., & Morten, M. (2022) Migration and Informal Insurance.

NBER Working Paper 26082

The Review of Economic Studies, 89(1), 452-480

Balboni, C., Bryan, G., Morten, M., & Siddiqi, B. (2021). Could Gentrification Stop the Poor from Benefiting from Urban Improvements?.

American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, 111, 532-537

Bryan, G. & Morten, M. (2019). The Aggregate Productivity Effects of Internal Migration: Evidence from Indonesia.

Journal of Political Economy, 127(5), 2229-2268.

Morten, M. (2019). Temporary Migration and Endogenous Risk Sharing in Village India.

Journal of Political Economy, 127(1), 1-46. (Lead Article)

Karlan, D., Morten, M. & Zinman, J. (2016). A Personal Touch in Text Messaging can Improve Microloan Repayment.  

Behavioral Science and Policy, 1(2), 25-31.

Bollard, A., McKenzie, D., Morten, & M., Rapoport, H. (2011). Remittances and the Brain Drain Revisited: The Microdata Show That More Educated Migrants Remit More.

World Bank Economic Review, 25(1), 132-156.  

Bollard, A., McKenzie, D., & Morten, M. (2010). The Remitting Patterns of African Migrants in the OECD.

Journal of African Economics, 19(5), 605-634.

Fieldwork Underway

Stanford Guestworker Migration Initiative Co-PI: Beatriz Magaloni.

Other documents

Internal Migration in Africa (2015). CSAE Plenary Session.

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Research statement

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