Temporary Labour Migration: A Theoretical Analysis

Guest-worker programs have become a popular means of meeting shortages of low and semi-skilled labour in the developed countries and rapidly growing emerging economies in the decades following the Second World War. They have relied on various forms of temporary migration schemes to meet labour shortages in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, domestic service, and other labour-intensive activities. The purpose of this project is to examine how the structure of a guest-worker program and the economic conditions in the host and source countries affect the behavior of program participants. Various aspects of this very broad problem, both from the perspective of the host and source countries, are addressed in a number of publications and working papers stemming from the project. Some of the works are listed below.


Project Team

Slobodan Djajic, Project Director




Immigration Policies and the Choice between Documented and Undocumented Migration 

Slobodan Djajić, Alexandra Vinogradova 
Record published online 14 November 2017


Overshooting the Savings Target: Temporary Migration, Investment in Housing and Development

Slobodan Djajić & Alexandra Vinogradova
World Development
Vol. 65, 2015, pp. 110-121

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Temporary Emigration and Welfare: The Case of Low-Skilled Labor

Slobodan Djajić
International Economic Review
Vol. 55(2), 2014, pp. 551-574

Temporary Migration and the Flow of Savings to the Source Country

Slobodan Djajić
Review of Development Economics
Vol. 18, No. 1, 2014, pp. 162-172

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Some Essentials of a Workable Guest-Worker Program

Slobodan Djajić
International Economic Review
Vol. 54, 2013, pp. 739-766

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Guest-Workers Programs: A Theoretical Analysis of Welfare of the Host and Source Countries 

Slobodan Djajić & Michael S. Michael
Journal of International Trade and Economic Development
Vol. 22, 2013, pp. 454-475

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Guest Workers in the Underground Economy

Slobodan Djajić & Alice Mesnard
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Working Paper
No. 15, 2013


Guest Workers: Adequate Incentives for Voluntary Return

Slobodan Djajić & Alexandra Vinogradova
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Working Paper
No. 13, 2013

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Reforming the System of International Migration

Slobodan Djajić
In: M. N. Jovanovic (ed.), International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Vol. III
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011, pp. 169-183

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Investment Opportunities in the Source Country and Temporary Migration

Slobodan Djajić
Canadian Journal of Economics
Vol. 43, No. 2, 2010, pp. 663-682