Preliminary Evidence on Internal Migration, Remittances, and Teen Schooling in India

11 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2011

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Valerie Mueller

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abusaleh Shariff

CGIAR - Development Strategy and Governance Division

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

We examine correlations between the receipt of remittances from internal migrants and human capital investment in rural areas of India. We employ a propensity score matching approach to account for the selectivity of households into receiving remittances. We find a positive correlation between remittances received from internal migrants and the schooling attendance of teens. The magnitude of the correlation is greater when focusing on low-caste households, and male schooling attendance in particular becomes more positive and statistically significant. Our findings provide a basis for establishing future research in the areas of migration and social protection in India.

JEL Classification: O15, J24, R23

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Valerie and Shariff, Abusaleh, Preliminary Evidence on Internal Migration, Remittances, and Teen Schooling in India (April 1, 2011). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 207-217, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804740 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2010.00211.x

Valerie Mueller

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Abusaleh Shariff

CGIAR - Development Strategy and Governance Division ( email )

2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

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