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The effects of external migration on enrolments, accumulated schooling and dropouts in Punjab

Rabia Arif and Azam Chaudhry

Applied Economics, 2015, vol. 47, issue 16, 1607-1632

Abstract: External migration in developing countries can relax household income constraints because of external remittances. This paper looks at whether the external migration of individuals in a household has a positive effect on schooling outcomes of children as measured by school enrolments, accumulated level of schooling, number of days spent in school and dropouts in Punjab. Historic migration rates were used to instrument for migration in an analysis of school outcomes for children of different ages to see which group has been most affected by external migration. The results show a significantly positive impact of external migration on the enrolments of younger children, whereas, the accumulated level of schooling for older children increases significantly if there is an external migrant in the household.

Date: 2015
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