Economics at your fingertips  

School enrollment effects in a South-South migration context

Jason Davis

International Journal of Educational Development, 2018, vol. 62, issue C, 157-164

Abstract: In contrast to the heavily studied South-North migration of Latin Americans to the United States, this investigation assesses the lesser-studied influence of South-South labor migration on left-behind children’s educational attainment. Specifically, it asks the question, ‘Does the migration of Nicaraguan parents to Costa Rica contribute to better or worse education outcomes for their left-behind children?’ Based on migration and education data for 3951 children from 1858 distinct households collected within Nicaragua’s 1998 and 2001 Living Standards Measurement Studies, fixed effect model results indicate that paternal migration has a depressive effect on school enrollment but has no effect on school attendance or grade-for-age progression. Given the relatively low bar to migration establishment vis-à-vis the lack of barriers that necessitate significant monetary commitments and time delays, school enrollment results are unexpected.

Keywords: South-South migration; School enrollment; Attendance; Grade-for-age progression; Nicaragua-to-Costa Rica (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

International Journal of Educational Development is currently edited by Stephen P Heyneman

More articles in International Journal of Educational Development from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

Page updated 2018-12-08
Handle: RePEc:eee:injoed:v:62:y:2018:i:c:p:157-164