Refugee Panel Data

Faculty Member: 

Robel Mulugeta

Proposal Description:

The focus of this project is to collect a comprehensive dataset on refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, whose migration was forced by persistent conflicts in Myanmar that can be used as a starting point for further studies on refugee populations and policy interventions. In particular, a representative panel data from Y-RISE researchers will be constructed in order to study the changes in labor markets, consumption and enterprises in Bangladesh following the migration from Myanmar. The creation of this panel will allow researchers to identify the targets of policy interventions and ultimately to evaluate policies affecting refugees and native population, providing a valuable guidance for policymakers in Bangladesh.

The survey has a sample size of 5,000 households and 1,000 enterprises, and it covers the majority of the Cox’s Bazar District of Bangladesh, primary destination for refugees. The survey includes a set of questions about household composition and demographics, consumption, work, schooling health and assets. This project is underway in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Bangladesh.

Primary RA responsibilities for this project may include: data cleaning, data analysis, and translating analysis into cleat and ordered graphs, tables, etc.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

Ability to work with STATA at a basic level is highly desirable. A quantitative background, especially in statistics, data analysis or economics, is a strong plus, as is any experience with Randomized Control Trials. Although learning from and collaborating with more senior researchers is an important part of the job, RAs should also be motivated and independent problem solvers.

Project Year: Summer 2019 Herb Scarf Summer Research Projects