Out of sight, out of mind? Educational outcomes of children with parents working abroad.

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Impact of parental emigration on educational outcomes of children is theoretically ambiguous. Using novel data I collected on migration experience and its timing, family background and school performance of lower secondary pupils in Poland, I analyse the question empirically. Migration is mostly temporary in nature, with one parent engaging in employment abroad. As many as 63% of migrant parents have vocational qualifications, 29% graduated from high school, 4% have no qualifications and the remaining 4% graduated from university. Almost 18% of children are affected by parental migration. Perhaps surprisingly, estimates suggest that parental employment abroad has a positive immediate impact on a pupil's grade. Parental education appears pivotal; children of high school graduates benefit most. Longer term effects appear more negative, however, suggesting that a prolonged migration significantly lowers a child's grade. Interestingly, siblings' foreign experiences exert a large, positive impact on pupils' grades.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh School of Economics
Volume251
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Out of sight, out of mind? Educational outcomes of children with parents working abroad. / Clifton-Sprigg, Joanna.

Edinburgh School of Economics, 2014. (Discussion Paper; No. 251).

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