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International Remittances and Private Interhousehold Transfers: Exploring the Links

Yonas Alem () and Lisa Andersson ()
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Yonas Alem: University of Gothenburg

The European Journal of Development Research, 2019, vol. 31, issue 4, No 9, 902-928

Abstract: Abstract We investigate the effect of international remittances from migrated family members on informal interhousehold transfers—an issue that has received limited attention in the literature. Using rich panel data from urban Ethiopia spanning 15 years, we show that receiving international remittances increases the value of private domestic interhousehold transfers, whereas receiving domestic remittances does not have any effect. We also show that the transfers sent respond to shocks to a great extent. Our results provide new evidence on the trickle-down effects of international remittances, effects important to consider when analyzing the impact of international remittances on household outcomes in recipient countries.

Keywords: International remittances; Interhousehold transfers; Urban Ethiopia; Panel data; Shocks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1057/s41287-019-0193-4

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