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Remittances and Labor Supply in Post-Conflict Tajikistan

MICROCON Research Working Paper No. 35

47 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2010  

Patricia Justino

University of Sussex - Institute of Development Studies

Olga Shemyakina

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics

Date Written: November 23, 2010

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of remittances on the labor supply of men and women in post-conflict Tajikistan. We find that on average men and women from remittance-receiving households are less likely to participate in the labor market and supply fewer hours when they do. The negative effect of remittances on labor supply is smaller for women, which is an intriguing result as other studies on remittances and labor supply (primarily focused on Latin America) have shown that female labor supply is more responsive to remittances. The results are robust to using different measures of remittances and inclusion of variables measuring migration of household members. We estimate a joint effect of remittances and an individual’s residence in a conflict-affected area during the Tajik civil war. Remittances had a larger impact on the labor supply of men living in conflict-affected areas compared to men in less conflict-affected areas. The impact of remittances on the labor supply of women does not differ by their residence in both the more or less conflict affected area.

Keywords: International Migration, Remittances, Labor Markets, Tajikistan

JEL Classification: J22, F22, F24, O12

Suggested Citation

Justino, Patricia and Shemyakina, Olga, Remittances and Labor Supply in Post-Conflict Tajikistan (November 23, 2010). MICROCON Research Working Paper No. 35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1713987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1713987

Patricia Justino (Contact Author)

University of Sussex - Institute of Development Studies ( email )

Brighton
Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RE
United Kingdom

Olga Shemyakina

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics ( email )

217 Habersham
Atlanta, GA 30332
United States

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