Remittances and migration intentions of the left-behind

Piracha, Matloob and Amrita, Saraogi (2015) Remittances and migration intentions of the left-behind. Migration and Development, . ISSN 2163-2324. E-ISSN 2163-2332. (doi: (Full text available)


Migration and the consequent flow of remittances are like a double-edged sword; while keeping many out of poverty, they can also result in further brain drain and demographic imbalance for the country. Using a large household survey data from Moldova and employing simultaneous equations model we show that there exists a dual causality between receipt of remittances by non-migrants and their migration intentions. Moreover, we add a novel element to the empirical literature by being the first to be able to specify the mechanism behind the link between remittances and migration. We find evidence that remittances not only relieve credit constraints in the home country but also act as a signalling device of success in the host country. These results provide a fresh outlook on the role of remittances in shaping migration flows in the migrant sending countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: migration intentions, remittances, simultaneity
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Matloob Piracha
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:10 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 23:00 UTC
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