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Channeling Remittances to Education: A Field Experiment Among Migrants from El Salvador

Kate Ambler (), Diego Aycinena and Dean Yang ()

No 20262, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We implement a randomized experiment offering Salvadoran migrants matching funds for educational remittances, which are channeled directly to a beneficiary student in El Salvador chosen by the migrant. The matches lead to increased educational expenditures, higher private school attendance, and lower labor supply of youths in El Salvador households connected to migrant study participants. We find substantial "crowd-in" of educational investments: for each $1 received by beneficiaries, educational expenditures increase by $3.72. We find no shifting of expenditures away from other students, and no effect on remittances.

JEL-codes: C93 F22 F24 H24 I22 J15 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-06
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Published as Kate Ambler & Diego Aycinena & Dean Yang, 2015. "Channeling Remittances to Education: A Field Experiment among Migrants from El Salvador," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 7(2), pages 207-32, April.

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