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Type Working Paper - Economic Research Forum
Title The Impact of Remittances on Education in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
URL http://www.erf.org.eg/CMS/uploads/pdf/684.pdf
Abstract
his paper uses micro data from three households’ surveys conducted in three neighboring
countries in the Eastern Mediterranean (Jor
dan, Syria, and Lebanon) to study the impact of
migrant remittances on education attendance and attainment. The paper relies on a model that
depicts the relationship between migration and remittances from one end and human capital
formation represented thr
ough education from the other. Empirical results show that migrant
remittance receipt has a positive effect on education attendance. This finding is obtained
while controlling for other socio
-
economic determinants of schooling behavior, and is robust
to ce
nsorship and endogeneity bias. Results also show that the magnitude of the remittance
impact on both education outcomes is larger for men compared to that of women in Jordan
and Syria, but lower in Lebanon. This shows that in some countries around the regi
on gender
dimensions are still important in the household’s investment decisions in the sibling’s human
capital.

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