Schooling forsaken : education and migration / Ilhom Abdulloev (Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan and IZA), Gil S. Epstein (Bar-Ilan University, CReAM and IZA), Ira N. Gang (Rutgers University, CReAM, IOS Regensburg, IZA and RWI) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAbdulloev, Ilhom In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Epstein, Gil S. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Gang, Ira N. In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12088
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-177412 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

We examine the phenomenon of forsaken schooling resulting from opportunities abroad. The brain-drain/gain literature takes as its starting point the migration of educated/ professional labor from poor origin countries to richer host countries. While high-skilled migration is worrisome, many international migrants accept low-skilled positions in host countries. Their willingness to do so arises from very large host-home earnings differentials. At home this can lead to reduced educational investment as people forgo schooling because of opportunities to migrate to high paying low-skilled jobs. This suggests possible time-inconsistencies between short-run economic gains from migration and negative longterm effects from missing human-capital investment. We analyze data from Tajikistan, where approximately one-third of the labor force works outside of the country. We offer an explanation of our empirical results with a theoretical model, allowing us to establish the circumstances under which this type of forsaken schooling can occur and the trade-offs that policymakers need consider.