Labour Migration and Social Networks Participation in Southern Mozambique

39 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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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: October 2013

Abstract

This paper investigates how social networks in poor developing settings are affected by migration. Using a unique household survey from southern Mozambique, we test the role of labour mobility in shaping participation in groups and interhousehold cooperation by migrant‐sending households in village economies at origin. We find that migration cum remittances boosts household engagement 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.

Suggested Citation

Gallego, Juan Miguel and Mendola, Mariapia, Labour Migration and Social Networks Participation in Southern Mozambique (October 2013). Economica, Vol. 80, Issue 320, pp. 721-759, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12031

Juan Miguel Gallego

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Mariapia Mendola

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

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