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Educational spillovers and parental migration

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  • Joanna Clifton-Sprigg
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-75
Number of pages12
JournalLabour Economics
Early online date6 Mar 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Mar 2015
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2015


This paper studies whether children with parents working abroad (PWA) influence school performance of their classmates. Based on novel data for lower secondary pupils in Poland, I exploit within-class variation in the fraction of classmates whose parents work abroad over time. Estimates suggest that the presence of PWA classmates benefits pupils. The impact is driven by PWA girls and PWA pupils whose parents graduated from high school. This positive effect is likely due to the student level interactions or increased teachers' commitment to classes with students from migrant families.

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Date of Acceptance: 27/02/2015

    Research areas

  • Education of adolescents, Migration, Peer effects

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