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Labor Migration and Social Networks Participation: Evidence from Southern Mozambique

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  • Juan M. Gallego
  • Mariapia Mendola

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This paper investigates how social networks in poor developing settings are af- fected if people migrate. By using an unique household survey from two southern regions in Mozambique, we test the role of labor mobility in shaping participation in groups and social networks by migrant sending households in village economies at origin. 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 University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 183.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
Date of revision: Feb 2010
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:183

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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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