Regional Migration, Insurance and Economic Shocks: Evidence from Nicaragua

59 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2015

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Teresa Molina Millán

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics

Abstract

To test whether transfers sent and received by regional migrants serve an insurance role, this paper estimates the causal impact of income shocks at a migrant's origin and destination location on the bilateral transfer of funds. Using rainfall shocks in rural Nicaragua, I find that migrants aged 15-21 years provide unilateral insurance to their origin household. Distinguishing by destination and economic activity I show that the level of insurance increases when migrants and households are exposed to less correlated shocks. In addition, I find evidence of bilateral insurance among rural migrants exposed to rainfall shocks with low levels of correlation with respect to shocks occurring at origin.

Keywords: internal migration, remittances, risk, insurance, inter-households transfers, weather shocks

JEL Classification: O12, O15, F24, R23

Suggested Citation

Molina Millán, Teresa, Regional Migration, Insurance and Economic Shocks: Evidence from Nicaragua. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9494. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2690742

Teresa Molina Millán (Contact Author)

New University of Lisbon - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

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