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The Link between International Remittances and Private Interhousehold Transfers

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  • Beyene, Berhe Mekonnen

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Oslo)

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The paper studies the link between international remittances and interhousehold transfers. Using a simple insurance model, it is shown that households transfer a large fraction of the remittance they receive from relatives abroad to other households. The effect of remittances on interhousehold transfers is empirically investigated using an urban household survey from Ethiopia. Consistent with the prediction of the model, remittance has a strong positive effect on the amount of transfer given, controlling for total household income and other covariates.

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  • Beyene, Berhe Mekonnen, 2012. "The Link between International Remittances and Private Interhousehold Transfers," Memorandum 14/2012, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2012_014
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    1. Alem, Yonas & Andersson, Lisa, 2015. "International Remittances and Private Inter-household Transfers: Exploring the Links," Working Papers in Economics 631, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    international remittances; interhousehold transfers; mutual insurance; Ethiopia;

    JEL classification:

    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • R20 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - General

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