Who Remits? An Examination of Emigration by Education Level and Gender

13 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2014

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

Employing data on emigration rates by education level, this study finds that primary and secondary qualified emigrants contribute positively and significantly to remittances. Tertiary qualified emigrants, however, do not contribute significantly to remittances. Remittances in turn contribute significantly to home country income. There is some evidence of both an altruistic and self‐interested motive to remit. Gender‐disaggregated results suggest that females remit more than males and are more altruistic.

Suggested Citation

Cooray, Arusha V., Who Remits? An Examination of Emigration by Education Level and Gender (October 2014). The World Economy, Vol. 37, Issue 10, pp. 1441-1453, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/twec.12154

Arusha V. Cooray (Contact Author)

Embassy of Sri Lanka, Oslo ( email )

Norway

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