Rural-Urban Migration and Employment Quality: A Case Study from Thailand

Date: April 2012
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: Economics Working Papers
ISSN: 1655-5252 (print)
Author: Amare, Mulubrhan; Hohfeld, Lena; Jitsuchon, Somchai; Waibel, Hermann


This study uses a panel database of rural households in Thailand collected from 2008–2010 to investigate the effects of rural–urban migration on economic development. One finding is that social protection policies for the rural poor in Thailand may be less effective for urban migrants. Another is that while migration increases income growth among rural households, it is less effective in reducing inequality and relative poverty in rural areas.


  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Conceptual Framework
  • Description of the Data
  • Methodology
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions and Policy Recommendations
  • References