Labour Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique

40 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2010

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Juan Miguel Gallego

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

Date Written: November 1, 2009

Abstract

There is a large literature pointing to community participation and social networks as salient components of household well-being in developing settings. Yet, there are few insights into whether people mobility affects incentive problems associated with social networks, or whether labor migration displaces social informal institutions in village economies at origin. This paper directly tests the role of international migration in shaping participation in groups and social networks by migrant sending households in village economies at origin. By using an original household survey from two southern regions in Mozambique, we find that households with successful migrants (i.e. those receiving either remittances or return migration) engage more in community based social networks. Our findings are robust to alternative definitions of social interaction and to endogeneity concerns suggesting that stable migration ties and higher income stability through remittances may decrease participation constraints and increase household commitment in cooperative arrangements in migrant-sending communities.

Keywords: International Migration, Social Capital, Networks, Group Participation

JEL Classification: O17, O15, O12

Suggested Citation

Gallego, Juan Miguel and Mendola, Mariapia, Labour Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique (November 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1618878 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1618878

Juan Miguel Gallego

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Mariapia Mendola (Contact Author)

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