Did Children’s Education Matter? Family Migration as a Mechanism of Human Capital Investment. Evidence From Nineteenth Century Bohemia
AbstractThis paper analyzes the rural-urban migration of families in the Bohemian region of Pilsen in 1900. Using a new 1300-family dataset from the 1900 population census I examine the role of children‘s education in rural-urban migration. I find that families migrated to the city such that the educational attainment of their children would be maximized and that there is a positive correlation between family migration and children being apprentices in urban areas. The results suggest that rural-urban migration was powered not only by the exploitation of rural-urban wage gaps but also by aspirations to engage in human capital investment.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 923.
Date of creation: 2009
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migration ; human capital investment ; family decision-making;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-01-10 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-01-10 (Education)
- NEP-HAP-2010-01-10 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HIS-2010-01-10 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-LAB-2010-01-10 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2010-01-10 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2010-01-10 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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