The impact of parents migration on the well-being of children left behind - initial evidence from Romania


Botezat, Alina ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/36737
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-367378
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 14-029
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Classification: JEL: I12 , I21 , J13,
Keywords (English): Parent migration , home alone children , well-being , Romania
Abstract: Many children grow up with parents working abroad. Economists are interested in the achievement and well-being of these "home alone" children to better understand the positive and negative aspects of migration in the sending countries. This paper examines the causal effects of parents' migration on their children left home in Romania, a country where increasingly more children are left behind in recent years. Using samples from a unique representative survey carried out in 2007 instrumental variable and bivariate probit estimates have been performed. Our initial evidence demonstrates that in Romania home alone children receive higher school grades, partly because they increase their time allocation for studying. However, they are more likely to be depressed and more often suffer from health problems especially in rural areas.

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Botezat, Alina ; Pfeiffer, Friedhelm (2014) The impact of parents migration on the well-being of children left behind - initial evidence from Romania. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 14-029 [Working paper]
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