Migration and Forsaken Schooling in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

Ilhom Abdulloev, Gil S. Epstein, Ira N. Gang

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Large international earnings differentials negatively impact human capital investments in migrant-origin countries. We find that three Central Asian migrant-sending countries - the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan - are facing a forsaken schooling phenomenon. Once completing their compulsory schooling, young people in these countries are forsaking additional schooling because of opportunities to migrate to high-paying low-skilled jobs in the Russian Federation. The countries face a loss in human capital formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20200004
JournalIZA Journal of Development and Migration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 17 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


  • education
  • inequality
  • migration
  • poverty
  • skill


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