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Sibling Influence on the Human Capital of the Left-Behind

Costanza Biavaschi (), Corrado Giulietti () and Klaus Zimmermann ()

Journal of Human Capital, 2015, vol. 9, issue 4, 403 - 438

Abstract: While a growing literature has analyzed the effects of parental migration on the educational outcomes of children left behind, this study is the first to highlight the importance of sibling interactions in such a context. Using panel data from the RUMiC Survey, we find that sibling influence on school performance is stronger among left-behind children. Hence, parental migration seems to trigger changes in familial roles and sibling effects among children. However, it is primarily older sisters who exhibit a positive influence on their younger siblings. We corroborate our results by performing a series of tests to mitigate endogeneity issues.

Date: 2015
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