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Refugees and the education of host populations: evidence from the Syrian inflow to Jordan

Assaad, Ragui, Ginn, Thomas and Saleh, Mohamed ORCID: 0000-0002-2403-9300 (2023) Refugees and the education of host populations: evidence from the Syrian inflow to Jordan. Journal of Development Economics, 164. ISSN 0304-3878

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2023.103131


While labor market impacts of refugees in low- and middle-income countries are commonly studied, public services like education could also be affected by mass arrivals. This paper examines the impact of Syrian refugees on the educational outcomes of Jordanians. Combining detailed household surveys with school-level records on the density of Syrians, we study both the quantity and quality of education using a difference-in-differences design across refugee prevalence and schooling cohort. We find no evidence that Syrians significantly affected the educational outcomes of Jordanians. We show that the government’s response of establishing second shifts in existing public schools and opening new schools in camps mitigated potential overcrowding.

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Additional Information: © 2023 Elsevier.
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N35 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Asia including Middle East
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2023 09:24
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 01:15

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