Education, Migration and Development in Indonesia

This study summarizes information from different sources about the progress of Indonesian education. It makes particular use of the 2010 Population Census data in novel ways: first, to check whether regional differentials in educational enrolment are related in any systematic way to indicators of economic development, in the form of regional per capita income figures and regional poverty levels; secondly, to delve into the generational transmission of educational attainment through comparison of educational attainment of heads of household (parents) and their children. In addition, using the RUMICI (Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia) data set for Indonesia, this study also examines the role of education to improve the performances of migrants in urban areas in Indonesia. One implication of thestudy is that education in both pre- and post- migration stages is an important factor for rural-urban migrants to survive in desirable urban environment.

Dr. Devanto Pratomo is an academic staff member atthe Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. He holds a Ph.D in Economics from Lancaster University, UK (2009). His research interests and publication works lie in the area of labour economics and migration. In 2013, Dr. Devanto received the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization–Jasper Research Award with the theme of Education and Employability in Southeast Asia.

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