Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80544
Authors: 
Chakraborty, Tanika
Mirkasimov, Bakhrom
Steiner, Susan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7406
Abstract: 
We study how international migration changes the private transfers made between households in the migrant sending communities of developing countries. A priori, it is indeterminate whether migration and remittances strengthen or weaken the degree of private transfers in these communities. From a policy perspective, public income redistribution programmes would have an important role to play if migration reduced the extent of private transfers. Using household survey data from Kyrgyzstan, we find that households with migrant members (as well as households receiving remittances) are more likely than households without migrants (without remittances) to provide monetary transfers to others, but less likely to receive monetary transfers from others. This suggests that migration is unlikely to lead to a weakening of private transfers.
Subjects: 
private transfers
cash and labour exchange
migration
Kyrgyzstan
Central Asia
JEL: 
D63
F22
O12
I30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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