Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/83764
Authors: 
Alcaraz, Carlo
Chiquiar, Daniel
Salcedo, Alejandrina
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers, Banco de México 2010-14
Abstract: 
This paper studies the effects of remittances from the U.S. on child labor and school attendance in recipient Mexican households. We identify these effects using the impact of the 2008-2009 U.S. recession on remittance receipts. The methodology employed is a differences-in-differences strategy that compares households that were remittance recipients before the crisis with never-recipient households. To avoid possible selection problems, we instrument for membership in the remittance recipient group. We find that the negative shock on remittance receipts caused a significant increase in child labor and a significant reduction of school attendance.
Subjects: 
Child labor
International migration
Remittances
Mexico
JEL: 
J43
J81
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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