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Causes and Impacts of Remittances: Household Survey Evidence from Egypt

Mohammad Reza Farzanegan (), Sherif Hassan () and Ribal Abi Raad ()
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Ribal Abi Raad: Concordia university, Montreal

MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: This research provides a qualitative and empirical investigation of the microeconomic causes and impacts of remittances in Egypt. We use data from a field study, involving interviews of 304 remittance-receiving families across 16 Egyptian governorates during May 2015–May 2016. Our Ordinary Least Square (OLS) and Tobit regressions show that the duration of migration, migrant’s age, household income, and household head’s job are the most important predictors of the level of remittances. The first three variables induce the value of received remittances, while the final variable, household head’s job, acts to the contrary and reduces remittances. In terms of remittances allocation, everyday expenses and real estate investments absorb the vast majority of channeled remittances. Most of the respondents (85%) do not invest remittances, and those who invest remittances mainly reside in Upper and Lower Egypt due to the low living costs in these regions.

Keywords: remittances; Egypt; altruistic; self-interest; Tobit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D14 J6 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-dev and nep-mig
Date: 2017
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