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Yiwen Chen and Benteng Zou
''To Migrate With orWithout the Children—A Theoretical Note''
( 2017, Vol. 37 No.2 )
Tens of millions of young children were left behind by their migrant parents who left to find a job elsewhere to gain a better income and improve their families' living standards. Many studies suggest that migrant parents should bring their children rather than leave them behind, especially EU internal migrants. In this short note, we give an economic reasoning for the choice of migrant parents. Our finding shows that emotionally, bringing the children makes both children and parents better off; however, economically, that may not be the case. The ambiguity depends on the forgone opportunity cost, relocation cost of children, children's motivation, and the quality of the public school at the origin and destination.
Keywords: Migrant children, left-behind children, migration.
JEL: O1 - Economic Development: General
I3 - Welfare and Poverty: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 24 2016 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 09 2017

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