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Is emigration of Nepalese workers contributing to better schooling outcomes for children in Nepal?

April 5, 2018

University of Malaya

  • This paper presents evidence on the effects of emigration for work on schooling outcomes for primary and secondary-school-age children in Nepal. The identified effects however critically depend on how schooling outcomes are measured. Evaluated in terms of school attendance, the paper does not find any impact of emigration for either girls or boys. Using a disaggregated set of four mutually exclusive schooling status measures, this paper finds that emigration of Nepalese workers tends to improve schooling outcomes for girls, but not for boys. In particular, emigration tends to reduce the share of stragglers (those lagging behind their age-appropriate grades) and increase the share of those progressing normally amongst girls aged 6-14 years, and this effect is only observed for emigration to India, not for emigration to other countries. The paper further suggests that a more complete perspective on schooling outcomes is offered by a set of schooling gap measures that build in the size and inequality of schooling deficits across children. Such measures reveal that both emigration to India and to other countries have favorable and statistically equivalent effects on schooling outcomes, and the effects though larger for girls are not confined to girls.

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  • Gaurav Datt

    Gaurav Datt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability. Gaurav joined Monash Univeristy in August 2011. He has over twenty years of research and operational work experience in the development sector. He has worked in research positions at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. Most recently, he worked at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of the World Bank's East Asia and South Asia Regions based in Sydney and Kathmandu. Analysis of poverty, income distribution and social policy has been the primary focus of Gaurav's work. He has published widely in professional journals and authored several poverty assessment reports for the World Bank. His work encompasses a range of countries including India, China, Egypt, Laos, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.

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  • when: Thursday, April 5, 2018; 12:30-2:00PM
  • Where: University of Malaya, DK4, Block H11, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya.
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