Human Capital, Market Imperfections, Poverty, and Migration. Evidence from Rural Albania
AbstractDuring transition, almost a quarter of the Albanian labour force migrated to EU countries.The vast majority migrated illegally and temporarily to work abroad. This paper analyzes the determinants of Albanian migration from rural areas based on a unique representative survey of rural households. The study confirms that those who migrated temporarily are mostly young, male, and single. Regional variations in migration reflect a combination of cultural and economic factors, including migration costs. However, we find that migrants do not come from the poorest rural households. Moreover, education has a positive, albeit non-linear, effect on the likelihood of migration. Migration is negatively related with household access to alternative income sources and reduced financial constraints but positively related with the presence and household’s access to migration networks. Policy implications are that aid programs and government initiatives to invest in rural infrastructure and rural education may have mixed effects on migration. A key policy target to reduce migration should be the creation of non-farm rural employment and rural households’ access to finance.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen in its journal Review of Business and Economics.
Volume (Year): LIV (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Albania; migration; rural household;
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- E. Spolaore & J. Swinnen, 2009. "Human Capital, Market Imperfections, Poverty, and Migration. Evidence from Rural Albania," Review of Business and Economic Literature, Intersentia, Intersentia, vol. 54(1), pages 22-46, March.
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- O52 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
- P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
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