Does Migration Benefit the Schooling of Children Left Behind? Evidence from Rural Northwest China

Author : Feng Hu | 2013
Published By: Demographic Research

While many studies have found that migration can benefit home communities and family members left behind by increasing household income, thus easing liquidity constraints on investment; less is known about how “internal” migration and remittances affect the educational performance of the children who are left behind in the source communities.My aim in this paper is to examine the effects of migration on the educational attainment of left-behind rural children in northwest China. To gain a better understanding of whether the educational performance of these children improves or suffers when adult family members migrate, I attempt to disentangle the effects of remittances from the effects of migration.

URL : http://www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol29/2/29-2.pdf

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