Labor Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique

CISEPS Working Paper No. 9/2011

52 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2011

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Juan Miguel Gallego

Universidad del Rosario

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 4, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates how social networks in poor developing settings are affected if people migrate. Using a unique household survey from two southern regions in Mozambique, we test the role of labor mobility in shaping participation in groups and inter-household cooperation by migrant-sending households in village economies at origin. 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, Mozambique

JEL Classification: O17, O15, O12

Suggested Citation

Gallego, Juan Miguel and Mendola, Mariapia, Labor Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique (November 4, 2011). CISEPS Working Paper No. 9/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1959802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1959802

Juan Miguel Gallego (Contact Author)

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Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA) ( email )

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