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Channeling Remittances to Education: A Field Experiment Among Migrants from El Salvador

Kate Ambler, Diego Aycinena, Dean Yang

NBER Working Paper No. 20262
Issued in June 2014
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We implement a randomized experiment offering Salvadoran migrants matching funds for educational remittances, which are channeled directly to a beneficiary student in El Salvador chosen by the migrant. The matches lead to increased educational expenditures, higher private school attendance, and lower labor supply of youths in El Salvador households connected to migrant study participants. We find substantial "crowd-in" of educational investments: for each $1 received by beneficiaries, educational expenditures increase by $3.72. We find no shifting of expenditures away from other students, and no effect on remittances.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20262

Published: Kate Ambler & Diego Aycinena & Dean Yang, 2015. "Channeling Remittances to Education: A Field Experiment among Migrants from El Salvador," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 7(2), pages 207-32, April. citation courtesy of

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