This paper investigates the role of parental absence due to migration on education and labor market outcomes of children left behind in Mexico. I look at the effect of absence at different moments of a child's educational career and estimate the impact of the timing of a parent's migration in order to understand how mother's and father's inputs affect children's outcomes at different ages. Results show that a mother's migration when the child has to start a new level of schooling, i.e. when investment decisions on children's education must be made, has a significant negative impact on children's schooling. Also the duration of mother's absence plays a role: the longer the mother's migration, the less children are educated. I find that, when the mother migrates, daughters substitute the mother's work in or outside the household, depending on their age.

Schooling choices and parental migration. Evidence from Mexico

Fiore, S
2022-01-01

Abstract

This paper investigates the role of parental absence due to migration on education and labor market outcomes of children left behind in Mexico. I look at the effect of absence at different moments of a child's educational career and estimate the impact of the timing of a parent's migration in order to understand how mother's and father's inputs affect children's outcomes at different ages. Results show that a mother's migration when the child has to start a new level of schooling, i.e. when investment decisions on children's education must be made, has a significant negative impact on children's schooling. Also the duration of mother's absence plays a role: the longer the mother's migration, the less children are educated. I find that, when the mother migrates, daughters substitute the mother's work in or outside the household, depending on their age.
International migration
Education
Left behind
Intra-household allocations
Mexico
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