Help from El Norte : Mexican migrant remittances and children's educational attainment
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. With millions of its citizens living abroad, Mexico is highly dependent on the money sent home by these migrants. This paper uses data from the 2006 national income and expenditures household survey (ENIGH) to examine the effects of family transfers known as remittances on the educational attainment of Mexican children. It finds that when child and household characteristics are taken into account, there is no difference in the probability of school enrollment and the years of schooling completed between children whose households report receiving remittances and those that do not. This somewhat surprising finding--consistent across genders and age groups--may be explained in part by the success of the conditional cash transfer program Oportunidades in providing incentives for poor families to keep their children in school. To make further progress, the Mexican government cannot rely solely on private transfers from abroad to finance human capital investment. Instead, it must expand access to secondary education throughout rural areas and improve the quality of education being delivered in its public schools.
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