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Economic Impact of International Migration and Remittances on Philippine Households : What We Thought We Knew, What We Need to Know

  • Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr


Several studies on the impact of international migration and remittances on household outcomes have been released recently. Many were found to have conflicting results. This paper attempts to shed light on the conflicting results by reviewing the empirical studies that use large scale and nationally representative data sets from the Philippines. The focus on these types of studies was deliberate so that sample size problems are minimized and particular attention can be given to the methodologies used in appreciating the results. The main purpose of the review is to highlight the differences in the methodologies employed and their implications on the results.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22673.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22673
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  1. Dean Yang & HwaJung Choi, 2005. "Are Remittances Insurance? Evidence from Rainfall Shocks in the Philippines," Working Papers 535, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
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