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Labor Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique

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  • Juan Miguel Gallego

    (Toulouse School of Economics and LdA)

  • Mariapia Mendola

    ()
    (University of Milan Bicocca and LdA)

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There is a large literature pointing to community participation and social networks as salient components of household well-being in developing settings. Yet, there are few insights into whether people mobility affects incentive problems associated with social networks, or whether labor migration displaces social informal institutions in village economies at origin. This paper directly tests the role of international migration in shaping participation in groups and social networks by migrant sending households in village economies at origin. By using an original household survey from two southern regions in Mozambique, we find that households with successful migrants (i.e. those receiving either remittances or return migration) engage more in community based social networks. Our findings are robust to alternative definitions of social interaction and to endogeneity concerns suggesting that stable migration ties and higher income stability through remittances may decrease participation constraints and increase household commitment in cooperative arrangements in migrant-sending communities.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 279.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 17 Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:279

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Keywords: International Migration; Social Capital; Networks; Group Participation; Mozambique;

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  1. Ratha, Dilip & Mohapatra, Sanket & Scheja, Elina, 2011. "Impact of migration on economic and social development : a review of evidence and emerging issues," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5558, The World Bank.

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