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Migration, remittances and human capital investment in Kenya

Annie L. Hines and Nicole Simpson ()

Economic Notes, 2019, vol. 48, issue 3

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between international migration, remittances, and human capital investment in Kenya. We use household‐level data from the 2009 Kenya Migration Household Survey (which was part of the Africa Migration Project) to test our hypothesis and uncover a positive and significant relationship between the amount of international remittances a household receives and the amount of expenditures allocated to education (for all levels of education). We consider various robustness checks and find that our results hold up to various specifications, including an instrumental variable approach.

Date: 2019
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