Michael A. Clemens

Center for Global Development, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor fills a big gap in labor economics: providing rigorous yet comprehensible summaries of frontier research. It performs a critical service

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Fellow and Research Manager, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC, USA

Research interest

Migration and development, economic growth, aid effectiveness, economic history

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA (2013–2014)

Past positions

Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics & Wagner School, New York University, New York, USA (2011); Affiliated Associate Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, USA (2003–2010); Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (2000–2002)


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 2002

Selected publications

  • “Economics and emigration: Trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 25:3 (2011): 83–106.

  • “Global skill partnerships: A proposal for technical training in a mobile world.” IZA Journal of Labor Policy 4:2 (2015).

  • “A case against taxes and quotas on skilled emigration.” Journal of Globalization and Development 5:1 (2014): 1–39.

  • “Why do programmers earn more in Houston than Hyderabad? Evidence from randomized processing of U.S. visas.” American Economic Review 103:3 (2013): 198–202.