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Reference: Javier Escobal and Eva Flores, (2009). Maternal migration and child well-being in Peru.Citable link to this page:


Maternal migration and child well-being in Peru Subtitle: Young Lives Working Paper 56Series: Young Lives Working Papers

Abstract: Migration affects not only those who migrate, but may also have intergenerational effects on their children. Looking at those mothers with a history of internal migration who are part of the Young Lives project, and comparing them with suitable controls, we find that mothers’ migration has had a positive impact on the nutritional outcomes and cognitive achievement of their offspring. However, we also find that there are heterogeneous impacts, as different types of migration trajectory (rural to rural; rural to urban – to intermediate cities or to the capital, Lima) can be associated with the prevalence of different channels affecting child wellbeing. Those channels are the income channel, as migration may lead to new incomegenerating opportunities; the information channel, as migration may allow the mother to access more information about child-care and health-related practices; and the access to services channel, as migration may facilitate or hinder access to key public services.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Reviewed (other)Version:Updated Publisher's version

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Publisher: Young Lives

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Series:Young Lives Working Papers

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Issue Date: 2009

Copyright Date: 2009 Identifiers

Isbn: 9781904427629

Urn: uuid:13ff260f-114c-4b23-ae01-a22ca15aeab0 Item Description

Type: Working/Discussion paper;

Language: en

Version: Updated Publisher's versionKeywords: migration children childhood poverty PeruSubjects: Children and youth Poverty Families,children and childcare Tiny URL: ora:3592


Autor: Javier Escobal - institutionGrupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo GRADE researchGroupYoung Lives fund



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