Melanie Morten

Associate Professor, Economics Department, Stanford University


Morten, M. & Oliveira, J. (2024). The Effects of Roads on Trade and Migration: Evidence from a Planned Capital City.

AEJ:Applied. Forthcoming

G. Bryan, S. Chowdhury, A.M. Mobarak, M. Morten, J. Smits, (2023). Encouragement and Distortionary Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers.

Journal of Public Economics, 228 (December), 105004

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.


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

Working Papers

Mare, D., Morten, M., Sanderson, L. (2024). Firm and Labor Market Effects of a Migrant Shortage.

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

Fieldwork Underway

Stanford Guestworker Migration Initiative Co-PI: Beatriz Magaloni.

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