Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163539
Authors: 
Makovec, Mattia
Purnamasari, Ririn
Sandi, Matteo
Savitri, Astrid
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2016-13
Abstract: 
We study the consequences of a series of migration policies that restricted the migration of Indonesian female domestic workers towards traditional destinations, namely Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Our difference-in-differences specification exploits the differential impact across Indonesian villages of this unique natural experiment, intended to stop repeated cases of mistreatment of Indonesians working overseas. Our results suggest that the moratoria had negative effects on economic activity and households' welfare, and worsened labor market conditions, especially for women, in the origin communities. Our results highlight the unintended effects that migration restrictions may have precisely on those they were intended to benefit.
Subjects: 
labor migration
migration policy
female migrants
migration restrictions
local labor markets
Indonesia
JEL: 
O15
J61
O53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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