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Modelling Remittance Flows in Kenya

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This paper examines the determinants of migrants' remittances in Kenya. Drawing on data from Central Province, it compares four econometric specifications of the remittance function, finding that failing to account for truncation, sample selection and identification leads to misleading estimates of the remittance-income relationship. It provides empirical support for the view that relations between parents and their sons are partly exchange motivated. Copyright 1992 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Hoddinott, John, 1992. "Modelling Remittance Flows in Kenya," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 1(2), pages 206-232, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:1:y:1992:i:2:p:206-32
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