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The Quest for Quality Education:International Remittances and Rural-Urban Migration in Nepal

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  • Chakra Pani Acharya

    (National Planning Commission Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal)

  • Roberto Leon-Gonzalez

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan)

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Despite a large growth in domestic and international migration and remittances in recent decades, there are limited works that systematically identify and establish interactions between internal and international migration. Using primary data from new urban areas of Nepal, we identify households that had migrated from rural to urban areas, explore their migration practices and educational investment behaviors, and analyze the effects of international migration and remittances on investment in education. The results show that, despite their lower income and consumption, migrant households that have members abroad have higher human capital investment measured by the level and budget share of expenditure on children fs education and the time their children spend for studying at home than do urban-native and other types of migrant households. Our findings suggest that searching for better education is one important motivation for migrating to urban areas among rural households having members abroad.

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  • Chakra Pani Acharya & Roberto Leon-Gonzalez, 2018. "The Quest for Quality Education:International Remittances and Rural-Urban Migration in Nepal," GRIPS Discussion Papers 17-13, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
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