University of Rochester — Rural-Urban Migration in Kenya

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,007,377 over five years to the University of Rochester to support the scale-up of a previous study, conducted by Professor Travis Baseler, on the impact of information asymmetries on rural-urban migration in Kenya. Approximately 500 rural households participated in the previous study, which found that correcting underestimates of wages in Nairobi led to increased migration and significantly increased migrants’ household incomes. Professor Baseler intends to use this funding to expand the study to 16,800 households in Kenya.

The grant amount was updated in July 2022.