Determinants of Remittances: Recent Evidence Using Data on Internal Migrants in Vietnam

Niimi, Yoko, Pham, Thai Hung and Reilly, Barry (2009) Determinants of Remittances: Recent Evidence Using Data on Internal Migrants in Vietnam. Asian Economic Journal, 23 (1). pp. 19-39. ISSN 1351-3958

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Abstract

The present paper examines the determinants of remittance behavior for Vietnam using data from the 2004 Vietnam Migration Survey on internal migrants. It considers how, among other things, the vulnerability of a migrant's life at the destination, their link to relatives back home, and the time spent at the destination affect remittances. The paper finds that migrants act as risk-averse economic agents and send remittances back to the household of origin as part of an insurance exercise in the face of economic uncertainty. Remittances are also found to be driven by a migrant's labor market earnings level. The paper highlights the important role of remittances in providing an effective means of risk-coping and mutual support within the family.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Barry Reilly
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:22
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2012 08:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31007
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