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


  • Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C.


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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  • Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C., 2008. "Economic Impact of International Migration and Remittances on Philippine Households: What We Thought We Knew, What We Need to Know," Discussion Papers DP 2008-32, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2008-32

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    1. Dean Yang, 2008. "International Migration, Remittances and Household Investment: Evidence from Philippine Migrants' Exchange Rate Shocks," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 118(528), pages 591-630, April.
    2. Claudia Martínez Alvear & Dean Yang, 2007. "Remittances and Poverty in Migrants’ Home Areas: Evidence from the Philippines," Working Papers wp257, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    3. David McKenzie & Hillel Rapoport, 2006. "Migration and Education Inequality in Rural Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 2657, Inter-American Development Bank.
    4. HwaJung Choi, 2007. "Are Remittances Insurance? Evidence from Rainfall Shocks in the Philippines," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 21(2), pages 219-248, May.
    5. Michael Lokshin & Mikhail Bontch-Osmolovski & Elena Glinskaya, 2010. "Work-Related Migration and Poverty Reduction in Nepal," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 14(2), pages 323-332, May.
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    1. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C. & Gonzales, Kathrina G., 2013. "Managing International Labor Migration in ASEAN: Themes from a Six-Country Study," Discussion Papers DP 2013-26, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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    remittances; Philippines; international migration; household outcomes;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General


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