David McKenzie
Research Fellow

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too w McKenzie David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2005, he was assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University (2001-05). He received his B.Com(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2001. His specific areas of research interest include international migration, microenterprises,and the development of econometric methods useful for working with data from developing countries.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2007.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
10655  David McKenzie
How Effective Are Active Labor Market Policies in Developing Countries? A Critical Review of Recent Evidence
10615  David McKenzie
Olga Susana Puerto
Growing Markets through Business Training for Female Entrepreneurs: A Market-Level Randomized Experiment in Kenya
10110  John Gibson
David McKenzie
Halahingano Rohorua
Steven Stillman
The Long-Term Impact of International Migration on Economic Decision-Making: Evidence from a Migration Lottery and Lab-in-the-Field Experiments
9492  John Gibson
David McKenzie
Halahingano Rohorua
Steven Stillman
The Long-Term Impacts of International Migration: Evidence from a Lottery
(forthcoming in: World Bank Economic Review)
9487  David McKenzie
Nabila Assaf
Ana Paula Cusolito
The Demand for, and Impact of, Youth Internships: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Yemen
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 5:1, 2016)
8523  David McKenzie
Dean Yang
Evidence on Policies to Increase the Development Impacts of International Migration
(published in: World Bank Research Observer, 2015, 30(2), 155-92)
8518  Matthew Groh
David McKenzie
Nour Shammout
Tara Vishwanath
Testing the Importance of Search Frictions, Matching, and Reservation Prestige Through Randomized Experiments in Jordan
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2015, 4:7)
8059  Sarojini Hirshleifer
David McKenzie
Rita K. Almeida
Cristobal Ridao-Cano
The Impact of Vocational Training for the Unemployed: Experimental Evidence from Turkey
(forthcoming in: Economic Journal [Online First])
7402  Gustavo Henrique de Andrade
Miriam Bruhn
David McKenzie
A Helping Hand or the Long Arm of the Law? Experimental Evidence on What Governments Can Do to Formalize Firms
(published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2016, 30 (1), 24-54)
7401  David McKenzie
Melissa Siegel
Eliciting Illegal Migration Rates through List Randomization
(published in: Migration Studies, 2013, 1(3): 276-91)
6896  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Business Training and Female Enterprise Start-Up, Growth, and Dynamics: Experimental Evidence from Sri Lanka
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2014, 106: 199-210)
6895  David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
What Are We Learning from Business Training and Entrepreneurship Evaluations around the Developing World?
(revised version published in: World Bank Research Observer, 2014, 29(1), 48-82)
6871  Steven Stillman
John Gibson
David McKenzie
Halahingano Rohorua
Miserable Migrants? Natural Experiment Evidence on International Migration and Objective and Subjective Well-Being
(published in: World Development, 2013, [Online First])
6498  David McKenzie
Caroline Theoharides
Dean Yang
Distortions in the International Migrant Labor Market: Evidence from Filipino Migration and Wage Responses to Destination Country Economic Shocks
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2014, 6(2), 49-75.)
6442  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
The Demand for, and Consequences of, Formalization among Informal Firms in Sri Lanka
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5 (2), 122-50)
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John Gibson
David McKenzie
Eight Questions about Brain Drain
(published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2011, 25 (3), 107-128)
5232  John Gibson
Steven Stillman
David McKenzie
Halahingano Rohorua
Natural Experiment Evidence on the Effect of Migration on Blood Pressure and Hypertension
(published in: Health Economics, 2013, 22 (6), 655-672)
5125  David McKenzie
Dean Yang
Experimental Approaches in Migration Studies
(published in: Carlos Vargas-Silva (ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Migration, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012, 249-269)
5124  John Gibson
David McKenzie
The Economic Consequences of "Brain Drain" of the Best and Brightest: Microeconomic Evidence from Five Countries
(published in: Economic Journal, 2012, 122 (560), 339 - 375)
4534  Albert Bollard
David McKenzie
Melanie Morten
Hillel Rapoport
Remittances and the Brain Drain Revisited: The Microdata Show That More Educated Migrants Remit More
(published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2011, 25 (1), 132 - 156)
4375  John Gibson
David McKenzie
Steven Stillman
The Impacts of International Migration on Remaining Household Members: Omnibus Results from a Migration Lottery Program
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011, 93 (4), 1297-1318)
3962  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Innovative Firms or Innovative Owners? Determinants of Innovation in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises
3926  John Gibson
David McKenzie
The Microeconomic Determinants of Emigration and Return Migration of the Best and Brightest: Evidence from the Pacific
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2011, 95 (1), 18-29)
3743  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Are Women More Credit Constrained? Experimental Evidence on Gender and Microenterprise Returns
(published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2009, 1(3), 1-32)
3511  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Who Are the Microenterprise Owners? Evidence from Sri Lanka on Tokman v. de Soto
(published in: Josh Lerner and Antoinette Schoar (eds.) International Differences in Entrepreneurship, NBER, 2010)
3179  David McKenzie
Yaye Seynabou Sakho
Does It Pay Firms to Register for Taxes? The Impact of Formality on Firm Profitability
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2010, 91(1), 15-24)
3173  David McKenzie
Johan Mistiaen
Surveying Migrant Households: A Comparison of Census-Based, Snowball, and Intercept Point Surveys
(published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2009, 172 (2), 339-360)
2948  David McKenzie
A Profile of the World's Young Developing Country Migrants
(published as 'A Profile of the World's Young Developing Country International Migrants' in: Population and Development Review, 2008, 34 (1), 115 - 135)
2934  Suresh de Mel
David McKenzie
Christopher Woodruff
Returns to Capital in Microenterprises: Evidence from a Field Experiment
(published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2008, 123 (4), 1329-1372)
2788  David McKenzie
John Gibson
Steven Stillman
A Land of Milk and Honey with Streets Paved with Gold: Do Emigrants Have Over-Optimistic Expectations about Incomes Abroad?
(published online in: Journal of Development Economics, 2012, [In Press / Corrected Proof])
2087  David McKenzie
John Gibson
Steven Stillman
How Important Is Selection? Experimental vs. Non-Experimental Measures of the Income Gains from Migration
(published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2010, 8(4), 913-945)
 

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