Labour Migration, Food Expenditure, and Household Food Security in Eastern Indonesia

22 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017

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Alfiah Hasanah

University of Wollongong

Silvia Mendolia

University of Aberdeen

Oleg Yerokhin

University of Wollongong - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of migration on the food expenditure and household food security status of migrant‐sending households using data from eastern Indonesia. We find that migration significantly increases food expenditure and overall household expenditure. Combining the food frequency and food consumption module of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (East), this paper shows that having at least one migrant in the family increases the composite index of Food Consumption Score, as well as the family's food security. Evaluation of food diversity also shows that migration increases expenditure on six out of ten food groups.

Suggested Citation

Hasanah, Alfiah and Mendolia, Silvia and Yerokhin, Oleg, Labour Migration, Food Expenditure, and Household Food Security in Eastern Indonesia (June 2017). Economic Record, Vol. 93, pp. 122-143, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12344

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