Assessing the poverty impacts of remittances with alternative counterfactual income estimates

Jimenez, Eliana V. and Brown, Richard P. C. (2008) Assessing the poverty impacts of remittances with alternative counterfactual income estimates St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: School of Economics, The University of Queensland

Author Jimenez, Eliana V.
Brown, Richard P. C.
Title of report Assessing the poverty impacts of remittances with alternative counterfactual income estimates
Publication date 2008
Publisher School of Economics, The University of Queensland
Series School of Economics Discussion Paper No. 375
Place of publication St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Total pages 28
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
1402 Applied Economics
140207 Financial Economics
Formatted abstract
We estimate the impacts of remittances on poverty with survey data from Tonga, a poor Pacific island country highly dependent on international migrants’ remittances. The sensitivity of poverty impacts to estimation method is tested using two methods to estimate migrants’ counterfactual incomes; bootstrap prediction with self-selection testing and propensity score matching. We find consistency between the two methods, both showing a substantial reduction in the incidence and depth of poverty with migration and remittances. With further robustness checks there is strong evidence that the poorest households benefit from migrants’ remittances, and that increased migration opportunities can contribute to poverty alleviation.
Keyword Poverty - Tonga
International migrants’ remittances
Migrants' counterfactual incomes
Migration opportunities - poverty
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/abstract/375.pdf

 
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