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Remittance and Migrant Households' Consumption- and Saving Patterns: Evidence from Indonesia



We examine the effect of remittances on the migrant households consumption and saving patterns as well as their living standard using the Indonesia Family Life Survey data. Using matching - and difference-in-differences matching estimators, we find that remittances seem to change the household consumption patterns. However, we do not find strong evidence that indicates remittances improve these households' living standard. Moreover, it seems that remittance households do not enjoy better education or healthcare, which suggests that remittances may not play an important role in speeding up economic development through these two means. If anything, we show that remittance households manage to invest some of their income in the traditional forms of investment such as in house and jewelry (i.e., gold).

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  • Rasyad A. Parinduri & Shandre M. Thangavelu, 2008. "Remittance and Migrant Households' Consumption- and Saving Patterns: Evidence from Indonesia," NUBS Malaysia Campus Research Paper Series 2008-02, Nottingham University Business School Malaysia Campus.
  • Handle: RePEc:nom:nubsmc:2008-02

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    1. Adelowokan, Oluwaseyi & Adesoye, Adesola & Akpa, Emeka & Maku, Olukayode, 2020. "Remittances, Foreign Aid and Private Consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A System GMM Estimation," MPRA Paper 98362, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Akpa, Emeka, 2018. "Private Remittances Received and Household Consumption in Ghana (1980-2016): An ARDL Analysis with Structural Breaks," MPRA Paper 87103, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Mohammed Ziaul Haider & Tanbir Hossain & Ohidul Islam Siddiqui, 2016. "Impact of Remittance on Consumption and Savings Behavior in Rural Areas of Bangladesh," Journal of Business, LAR Center Press, vol. 1(4), pages 25-34, September.

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    Remittances; Matching estimator;

    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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