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Jose Bucheli

Ph.D. candidate in economics, University of New Mexico

Residency: September 2018 – May 2019

Research Project: Migratory Experiences to the United States and Labor Decisions Among Return Migrants in Mexico

Research Interests: Migration, return migration, remittances, Latin American economics, poverty, development


José R. Bucheli is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of New Mexico. He is primarily interested in exploring the impact of migration and return migration on the development of communities across Mexico and Latin America. His research also focuses on the underlying micro-level channels driving migrants' social and economic decisions upon return home.

José’s dissertation insists upon the importance of migration as a development strategy. Through the analysis of multiple data sources, his findings argue against the belief that migrants’ return is the result of increased border enforcement or failed plans beyond individuals’ control. Instead, he finds evidence that return to countries of origin may be the final stage of a pre-established strategy aimed at improving personal and household well-being. This work has been made possible by the support of a University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute doctoral fellowship and other sources.