Household Remittance Inflows and Child Education in Ghana: Exploring the Gender and Locational Dimensions

22 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2019

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Abdallah Abdul-Mumuni

University of Professional Studies - Department of Banking and Finance; Network for Socioeconomic Research and Advancement (NESRA)

Isaac Koomson

University of New England (Australia) - UNE Business School

Date Written: September 5, 2019

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of household remittance inflows on child education in Ghana using data from the Ghana Living Standards Survey Six (GLSS 6). Employing an instrumental variable approach and including children at the nursery and kindergarten levels in our study, the following findings are established. First, remittance inflows generally reduce household liquidity constraints, translating into increased number of school hours for their children. Second, while remittance improves child education in the urban areas, it reduces school hours for their counterparts in rural communities. Third, gains in school hours from remittance inflows are much greater for boys but do not make any or much of a difference in improving that of the girl-child. We call for financial system regulations that help to substantially reduce transaction costs on (or rigidities in) remittance inflows so that its influence on child education outcomes will be improved.

Keywords: Remittances; Child education; Gender; Rural; Instrumental variable; Household

Suggested Citation

Abdul-Mumuni, Abdallah and Koomson, Isaac, Household Remittance Inflows and Child Education in Ghana: Exploring the Gender and Locational Dimensions (September 5, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3448287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3448287

Abdallah Abdul-Mumuni

University of Professional Studies - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Accra
Ghana

Network for Socioeconomic Research and Advancement (NESRA) ( email )

Accra
Ghana

Isaac Koomson (Contact Author)

University of New England (Australia) - UNE Business School ( email )

Armidale, NSW 2351
Australia

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