Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149226
Authors: 
Bredtmann, Julia
Martínez Flores, Fernanda
Otten, Sebastian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10367
Abstract: 
Research on the relationship between high-skilled migration and remittances has been limited by the lack of suitable microdata. We create a unique cross-country dataset by combining household surveys from five Sub-Saharan African countries that enables us to analyze the effect of migrants' education on their remittance behavior. Having comprehensive information on both ends of the migrant-origin household relationship and employing household fixed effects specifications that only use within-household variation for identification allows us to address the problem of unobserved heterogeneity across migrants' origin households. Our results reveal that migrants' education has no significant impact on the likelihood of sending remittances. Conditional on sending remittances, however, high-skilled migrants send significantly higher amounts of money to their households left behind. This effect holds for the sub-groups of internal migrants and migrants in non-OECD countries, while it vanishes for migrants in OECD destination countries once characteristics of the origin household are controlled for.
Subjects: 
migration
remittances
skill level
brain drain
Sub-Saharan Africa
JEL: 
F22
F24
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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