José R. Bucheli
My research studies migration and return migration as agents of economic and social change. Existing economics literature has traditionally focused on emigration from the developing world and immigration into more developed countries. Recent reversals in the flows have opened unexplored and promising development channels as more migrants are returning to their countries of origin than ever before. Against this backdrop, my work investigates how emigration affects non-migrants at home as well as the often overlooked temporal nature of many individuals' migratory experiences. By focusing on human welfare, I advance our understanding of how migration and return migration contribute to the development of communities of origin through theoretically-driven, empirically-informed, and policy-relevant applied research.