Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223228
Authors: 
Abdulloev, Ilhom
Epstein, Gil S.
Gang, Ira N.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 641
Abstract: 
We examine the phenomenon of forsaken schooling resulting from opportunities abroad. The brain-drain/gain literature takes as its starting point the migration of educated/professional labor from poor origin countries to richer host countries. While high-skilled emigration is troubling, even more so is that many international migrants accept low-skilled positions in host countries. Their willingness to do so arises from very large host-home earnings differentials. At home this can lead to reduced educational investment as people forgo schooling because of opportunities to migrate to high paying low-skilled jobs. This suggests possible time-inconsistencies between short-run economic gains from migration and negative long-term effects from missing human-capital investment. We analyze data from Tajikistan, where approximately one-third of the labor force works outside of the country. Our empirical results establish circumstances under forsaken schooling occurs, leaving trade-offs that policymakers’ need consider.
Subjects: 
migration
traps
poverty
inequality
education
skill
JEL: 
O15
P46
F22
I24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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