PEP researcher Vathana Roth of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute, together with PEP resource person Luca Tiberti of Laval University, will publish an article entitled “Economic Effects of Migration on the Left-Behind in Cambodia” in the Journal of Development Studies.
The article is based on research undertaken by a team of local researchers in Cambodia, led by Vathana Roth, as part of the PEP-PAGE initiative, and with the ongoing assistance of PEP resource person Luca Tiberti since 2013.
The authors examine the effects of migration on various Cambodian household well-being indicators - analyzing the effects of internal and international migration separately. Their results indicate that migration would reduce the national poverty headcount ratio by between 3 and 7 percentage points, as well as decreasing the depth of poverty in the country.
However, migration is also found to reduce the hours worked by left-behind household members by between 5 and 10 percent. The authors note that the impact of migration on labour participation may, however, be vulnerable to unobservable factors.
The findings suggest that migration has important and diverse effects while also demonstrating the limitations of the current data on migration in Cambodia.