Do proximity to migrant households and migrant clusters affect non-migrant households’ enrolment decisions? Evidence from Philippine CBMS data

Crawford School of Public Policy
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PhD Seminar (Econ)

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Friday 30 October 2020


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Christopher James Cabuay

The unprecedented growth in international migration warrants further study of its potential spillover effects to human capital formation. We use geographic information of non-migrant households to establish migrant peer networks based on proximity and clustering, and exploit the quasi-randomness of the distribution of households within smaller neighborhoods, after controlling for sorting into broader neighborhoods, to identify proximity and neighborhood clustering effects. We find no discernible effects on primary and secondary enrolment, but non-migrant tertiary enrolment tends to be higher with greater migrant proximity and migrant clustering. We find only weak evidence for the receipt of community remittances as a potential channel.

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