Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125016
Authors: 
Molina Millán, Teresa
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9494
Abstract: 
To test whether transfers sent and received by regional migrants serve an insurance role, this paper estimates the causal impact of income shocks at a migrant's origin and destination location on the bilateral transfer of funds. Using rainfall shocks in rural Nicaragua, I find that migrants aged 15-21 years provide unilateral insurance to their origin household. Distinguishing by destination and economic activity I show that the level of insurance increases when migrants and households are exposed to less correlated shocks. In addition, I find evidence of bilateral insurance among rural migrants exposed to rainfall shocks with low levels of correlation with respect to shocks occurring at origin.
Subjects: 
internal migration
remittances
risk
insurance
inter-households transfers
weather shocks
JEL: 
O12
O15
F24
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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