Is Emigration of Workers Contributing to Better Schooling Outcomes in Nepal?

30 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2020

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Gaurav Datt

Monash University - Department of Economics

Liang Choon Wang

Monash University - Department of Economics

Samia Badji

Monash University

Date Written: September 2020

Abstract

This paper presents evidence on how emigration for work affects schooling outcomes for primary and secondary school‐age children in Nepal. Using an instrumental variable strategy exploiting past migration network, we show that the identified effects critically depend on how schooling outcomes are measured. While conventional measures of school attendance indicate no impact, our new set of schooling status and schooling gap measures reveals significant impacts. Schooling status measures reveal favorable impacts for girls, and for emigration to India. Schooling gap measures reveal favorable effects of all emigration on schooling outcomes for girls and of emigration to other countries for boys.

Suggested Citation

Datt, Gaurav and Wang, Liang Choon and Badji, Samia, Is Emigration of Workers Contributing to Better Schooling Outcomes in Nepal? (September 2020). Review of International Economics, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 1046-1075, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3694536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roie.12481

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Liang Choon Wang

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