Khamis and Li publish on climate and migration

Professor Melanie Khamis and alumna Xiyue Li ’16 have just published “Environment Matters: New Evidence From Mexican Migration” in Applied Economics Letters.

ABSTRACT: This article examines the effects of climate-related environmental disasters on migration. Results from the gravity model estimations show that these disasters are a significant determinant of internal Mexican migration. The findings remain robust when controlling for geographic characteristics, the income levels and labour market conditions of the sending and receiving states. Environmental shocks relating to precipitation from a previous period seem to be one of the main drivers of this effect. Read it on line at:


Professor Khamis also authored a blog post, along with Emily Conover and Sarah Pearlman, entitled: Migration: evidence from Mexico of the effects on sending countries at the web site Global Dev.