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Impacts of International and Internal Remittances on Household Welfare: Evidence from Viet Nam

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  • Nguyen Viet, Cuong

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This paper measures the impact of international and internal remittances on household welfare of remittances-receiving households using data from Viet Nam Household Living Standard Surveys 2002 and 2004. It is found that the receiving of international and internal remittances increased both income and consumption expenditures of the recipients. The impact of remittances on non-food expenditures tended to be higher than the impact on food expenditures. For international remittances, the impact on income was much higher than the impact on consumption expenditures. It means that a large proportion of international remittances were used for saving and investment. For the receipt of internal remittances, the impact on income was just slightly larger than the impact on consumption expenditures. In other words, most of the internal remittances were used for consumption expenditures.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 25770.

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Date of creation: 22 Jun 2008
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Publication status: Published in Asia-Pacific Development Journal 1.16(2009): pp. 59-92
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25770

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Keywords: International remittances; internal remittances; household welfare; income; expenditures; Viet Nam;

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  1. Quang Nguyen & Marie Claire Villeval & Hui Xu, 2012. "Trust and Trustworthiness under the Prospect Theory: A field experiment in Vietnam," Working Papers halshs-00730609, HAL.

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