Subjectively-assessed welfare and international remittances: Evidence from Tonga

Brown, Richard P. C. and Jimenez, Eliana V. (2011) Subjectively-assessed welfare and international remittances: Evidence from Tonga. Journal of Development Studies, 47 6: 829-845. doi:10.1080/00220388.2010.501376

Author Brown, Richard P. C.
Jimenez, Eliana V.
Title Subjectively-assessed welfare and international remittances: Evidence from Tonga
Journal name Journal of Development Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0388
Publication date 2011-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00220388.2010.501376
Volume 47
Issue 6
Start page 829
End page 845
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Using data from a customised household survey in Tonga we assess the responsiveness of migrants' remittances to perceived needs of recipients. We extend a mixed-motives model, incorporating subjectively-assessed recipient welfare. We find evidence supportive of altruism for households below a subjective threshold, implying that remittances provide important social protection for the poor. We also find a positive relationship for those above the threshold implying that welfare improvements in migrant-sending countries could increase or decrease remittance flows depending on pre-transfer welfare level. The effects of remittances on poverty alleviation and income distribution are hence more complex and ambiguous than previous studies suggest.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published on: 07 March 2011.

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