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Manila to Malaysia, Quezon to Qatar: International Migration and Its Effects on Origin-Country Human Capital

Caroline Theoharides

Journal of Human Resources, 2018, vol. 53, issue 4, 1022-1049

Abstract: I estimate the effect of international migration on the human capital of children in the migrants’ origin country. Using administrative data containing all migrant departures from the Philippines, I exploit variation across provinces in destination-country demand for migrants. My estimates are at the local labor market level, allowing for spillovers to nonmigrant households. An average year-to-year percent increase in migration causes a 3.5 percent increase in secondary school enrollment. The effects are likely driven by increased income rather than an increased expected wage premium for education.

JEL-codes: F22 I25 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.53.4.0216-7714R1
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