Michael Clemens is director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), where he studies the economic effects and causes of migration around the world.

He has published on migration, development, economic history, and impact evaluation, in peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Economic Review, and his research has been awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, and has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and World Development. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University, specializing in economic development, public finance, and economic history.