Remittances and savings from international migration: Theory and evidence using a matched sample

Abstract

The central question of this paper concerns the implications of remittance flows for migrants and their origin households in the country of origin. This paper represents the first attempt to present a disaggregated view of international remittance flows using a matched sample of international migrants and their origin families. I investigate two types of remittances: transfers to the home family and savings in the country of origin. The empirical evidence provides support for the altruistic model of transfer behavior. Wealthier origin families tend to receive lower transfers, other things being equal. However, remittances sent to finance origin country investments are positively associated with origin household wealth. The estimation strategy addresses two common problems that arise in investigating remittance behavior: omitted variable bias and the measurement of origin household resources. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. JEL classification: O12; O15; O16

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@inproceedings{Osili2007RemittancesAS, title={Remittances and savings from international migration: Theory and evidence using a matched sample}, author={Una O Osili}, year={2007} }