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Who migrates overseas and is it worth their while ? an assessment of household survey data from Bangladesh

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  • Sharma, Manohar
  • Zaman, Hassan

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The paper assesses the costs and household level benefits of migrating overseas from Bangladesh. The authors survey households who have had overseas migrants to assess their characteristics compared to non-migrants. They also compute various types of migration and remittance related transaction costs and discuss the channels by which overseas migration is financed, remittances sent and the constraints faced by the poorest. Using the Propensity Score Matching method, the paper finds that overseas migration conveys substantial benefits to families as measured by household consumption, use of modern agricultural inputs, and level of household savings. The authors also offer some possible policy directions to strengthen the returns from migration as well as reduce some of the costs.

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  • Sharma, Manohar & Zaman, Hassan, 2009. "Who migrates overseas and is it worth their while ? an assessment of household survey data from Bangladesh," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5018, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5018
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    1. Mohammad Salahuddin & Jeff Gow, 2015. "The relationship between economic growth and remittances in the presence of cross-sectional dependence," Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, College of Business, vol. 49(1), pages 207-221, January-M.
    2. Mohisn Javed & Masood Sarwar Awan & Muhammad Waqas, 2017. "International Migration, Remittances Inflow and Household Welfare: An Intra Village Comparison from Pakistan," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 130(2), pages 779-797, January.
    3. Mekonnen Beyene, Berhe, 2011. "Determinants of Internal and International Migration in Ethiopia," Memorandum 24/2011, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
    4. Sk. Mahmudul Alam, Mahmud, 2012. "Microfinance institutions will be an important instrument to earn more remittance, send remittance and utilize remittance in Bangladesh," MPRA Paper 36459, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 14 Feb 2012.
    5. Dilip Ratha & Sanket Mohapatra, 2011. "Preliminary Estimates of Diaspora Savings," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10902, The World Bank.

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    Population Policies; Access to Finance; Remittances; Banks&Banking Reform; Debt Markets;

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