Migration, Risk and the Intra-Household Allocation of Labor in El Salvador
University of Hawaii at Manoa - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Working Paper No. 3322
We use panel data from El Salvador and investigate the intra-household allocation of labor as a risk-coping strategy. Adverse agricultural productivity shocks both increased male migration to the US and male agricultural labor supply. This is not a contradiction if there were non-monotonic effects on shadow wages within the survey period. In contrast, damage sustained from the 2001 earthquakes exclusively stunted female migration. This is consistent with the earthquakes increasing the demand for home production.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: migration, labor supply, insurance, intra-household allocation
JEL Classification: J22, J61working papers series
Date posted: May 23, 2008
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