April 2012

IZA DP No. 6523: Internal vs. International Migration: Impacts of Remittances on Child Well-Being in Vietnam

Michele Binci, Gianna Claudia Giannelli

published as ' Internal versus International Migration: Impacts of Remittances on Child Labor and Schooling in Vietnam' in: International Migration Review, 2018, 52 (1), 43 - 65

This paper focuses on the effects of domestic and international remittances on children's well-being. Using data from the 1992/93 and 1997/98 Vietnam Living Standards Surveys, we investigate average school attendance and child labour in remittance recipient and non-recipient households. The results of our cross-section and panel analyses indicate that remittances increase schooling and reduce child labour. Although international remittances are found to have a stronger beneficial impact than domestic remittances in the cross-section analysis, the panel analysis reverses this result, showing that the only significant impact stems from domestic remittances.