Can migration reduce educational attainment? Evidence from Mexico

David McKenzie, Hillel Rapoport

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This paper examines the impact of migration on educational attainment in rural Mexico. Using historical migration rates to instrument for current migration, we find evidence of a significant negative effect of migration on schooling attendance and attainment. IV-censored ordered probits show that living in a migrant household lowers the chances of boys completing junior high school and of boys and girls completing high school. We find that the observed decrease in schooling of 16- to 18-year-olds is accounted for by current migration of boys and increased housework for girls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1331-1358
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Educational attainments
  • Mexico
  • Migration


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