Should we track migrant households when collecting household panel data? Household relocation, economic mobility, and attrition biases in the rural Philippines

Nobuhiko Fuwa

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    Based on household panel data that tracked migrant households (with an additional survey cost of 17 percent), this article describes behavior of household relocation and quantifies the extent of attrition biases in estimating the determinants of percapita household consumption and of its growth rate. Many households relocate for non-economic reasons, and to rural destinations, while the small number of urban migrants improved their wellbeing faster than did others. Such heterogeneity among migrants may be a reason behind the negligible attrition biases caused by the omission of migrants, in the inference on the average behavioral coefficients among the original population.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56-82
    Number of pages27
    JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan



    • domestic migration
    • household relocation
    • panel data analysis
    • Philippines
    • poverty dynamics
    • sample attrition
    • urbanization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics

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