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Do remittances impact gender equality ? Evidence from Africa


  • Hamed Sambo

    () (Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord (CEPN))


This paper investigates the impact of remittances on gender equality in Africa using panel data from 21 African countries spanning the years 2006-2014. The two-step IV-GMM method was considered after taking into account the potential endogeneity of remittances. We found that remittances have a positive effect on gender equality in general but this effect is only significant in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, we found that remittances positively impact women’s economic and women’s political empowerment. They also have a positive e↵ect on women’s education attainment and women’s health and survival. However, theses impacts are only significant in Sub-Saharan Africa, except for women’s health and survival.

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  • Hamed Sambo, 2016. "Do remittances impact gender equality ? Evidence from Africa," CEPN Working Papers 2016-08, Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord.
  • Handle: RePEc:upn:wpaper:2016-08

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    Remittances; Gender equality; Economic empowerment; Education attainmenent; Health and Survival; Political empowerment; IV-GMM; Africa;

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