Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90064
Authors: 
Batista, Catia
Narciso, Gaia
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7839
Abstract: 
Do information flows matter for remittance behavior? We design and implement a randomized control trial to quantitatively assess the role of communication between migrants and their contacts abroad on the extent and value of remittance flows. In the experiment, a random sample of 1,500 migrants residing in Ireland was offered the possibility of contacting their networks outside the host country for free over a varying number of months. We find a sizable, positive impact of our intervention on the value of migrant remittances sent. Our results exclude that the remittance effect we identify is a simple substitution effect. Instead, our analysis points to this effect being a likely result of improved information via factors such as better migrant control over remittance use, enhanced trust in remittance channels due to experience sharing, or increased remittance recipients' social pressure on migrants.
Subjects: 
information flows
international migration
migrant networks
remittances
randomized control trial
JEL: 
F22
J61
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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