Seasonal Migration and Early Childhood Development
Karen Macours and
Renos Vakis ()
World Development, 2010, vol. 38, issue 6, 857-869
Summary This paper provides unique evidence of the positive consequences of seasonal migration for investments in early childhood development. We analyze migration in a poor shock-prone border region in rural Nicaragua where it offers one of the main household income diversification and risk -coping strategies. IV estimates show, somewhat surprisingly, that shock-driven migration by mothers has a positive effect on early cognitive development. We attribute these findings to changes in income and to the intra-household empowerment gains resulting from mother's migration, which offset potential negative early childhood development effects from temporary lack of parenting.
Keywords: Nicaragua; migration; income; households (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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