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NATURAL SHOCKS AND MIGRATION DECISIONS: THE CASE OF KYRGYZSTAN

Eugenia Chernina ()
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Eugenia Chernina: National Research University Higher School of Economics

No WP BRP 214/EC/2019, HSE Working papers from National Research University Higher School of Economics

Abstract: Previous research has shown that the effects of natural shocks on household migration decisions may go in different directions. This paper explores the impact of natural shocks (self-reported) on the migration of members of Kyrgyz rural households. Employing a panel dataset from the Life in Kyrgyzstan Survey (2010-2013) we show that out of five studied shocks only droughts and floods negatively affect migration, while other shocks (cold winters, earthquakes and landslides) on average do not lead to any statistically significant change in migration. However, available migration networks, household financial capacity and involvement in agriculture are sources of differential impacts. Exploring the means of migration funding, we find that both liquidity and borrowing constraints are important for the poorest households. Help from friends and relatives for financing migration, if it comes, is sourced to rich households

Keywords: labour migration; migration decision; Kyrgyzstan; natural disasters; financial constraints (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig and nep-tra
Date: 2019
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Published in WP BRP Series: Economics / EC, February 2019, pages 1-40

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