Munich Personal RePEc Archive

Partition, migration, and jute cultivation in India

Fenske, James and Bharadwaj, Prashant (2010): Partition, migration, and jute cultivation in India.

WarningThere is a more recent version of this item available.

Download (452kB) | Preview


Climate change is expected to displace millions of involuntary migrants in Bangladesh. We draw on history to show that these ``environmental refugees'' can play a positive role in the regions that receive them by looking at the partition of India. We use an instrumental variables (IV) strategy to show that the migrants played a major role in India's take-up of jute cultivation. Our estimates suggest that migrants fully explain post-Partition jute cultivation. Consistent with migrants bringing jute-specific skills with them, we find that migrants increased jute yields and did not increase the cultivation of other crops.

Available Versions of this Item

MPRA is a RePEc service hosted by
the Munich University Library in Germany.