Utilizing mixed methods to examine the complex effects of international labor migration on family dynamics and household consumption in Chitwan, Nepal

Small Fund Research Project & [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]
Ellen Compernolle

This project builds off of ongoing work in Nepal that investigates the effects of international labor migration on family dynamics and household consumption. Roughly 200,000 Nepali migrants, the majority of whom are married men with an average of 1.3 children, are working in Gulf countries, a migrant destination responsible for 35% of remittances sent home to Nepal. Little is known about the social and environmental impacts that husbands’ labor migration have on sending communities. In this analysis, I will test hypotheses at the household and couple level concerning the effects of migrant work on household dynamics, expenses, and energy consumption and production, examining outlier cases in depth. My goal is to develop knowledge that will inform theoretical premises and analytic models, allowing for more comprehensive investigation of these interrelationships.

Funding:
PSC Alumni Graduate Support Fund

Funding Period: 5/1/2014 to 12/31/2014

International Focus: Nepal

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