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Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development

Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, Josiah Kaplan, and Naohiko Omata


Refugees have rarely been studied by economists. Despite some pioneering research on the economic lives of refugees, there remains a lack of theory and empirical data through which to understand, and build upon, refugees’ own engagement with markets. Yet understanding these economic systems may hold the key to rethinking our entire approach to refugee assistance. If we can improve our knowledge of the resource allocation systems that shape refugees’ lives and opportunities, then we may be able to understand the mechanisms through which these market-based systems can be made to work better and ... More

Keywords: refugees, economics, displacement, development, Africa, Uganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795681
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Betts, author
Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Louise Bloom, author
Research Officer, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Josiah Kaplan, author
Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford