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Migrant Remittances and Information Flows: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Catia Batista () and Gaia Narciso ()

No 2014001, Norface Discussion Paper Series from Norface Research Programme on Migration, Department of Economics, University College London

Abstract: Do information flows matter for remittance behavior? We design and implement a randomized control trial to quantitatively assess the role of communication between migrants and their contacts abroad on the extent and value of remittance flows. In the experiment, a random sample of 1,500 migrants residing in Ireland was offered the possibility of contacting their networks outside the host country for free over a varying number of months. We find a sizable, positive impact of our intervention on the value of migrant remittances sent. Our results exclude that the remittance effect we identify is a simple substitution effect. Instead, our analysis points to this effect being a likely result of improved information via factors such as better migrant control over remittance use, enhanced trust in remittance channels due to experience sharing, or increased remittance recipients’ social pressure on migrants

Keywords: information flows; international migration; migrant networks; remittances; randomized control trial (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-exp, nep-int, nep-mig and nep-soc
Date: 2014-01
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