Migration Patterns

Remittances and Informal Work

Author : Artjoms Ivlevs | 2016
Published By: IZA

This paper studies the effects of remittances on informal employment in the migrants’ countries of origin, looking both at the remittance-receiving and non-migrant households. Using data from the Social Exclusion Survey, conducted in six transition economies in 2009, I find that receiving remittances increases the likelihood of working informally. At the regional level, high prevalence of remittances is associated with a higher likelihood of informal work among non-migrant households. Migration and remittances may thus be contributing to informal employment in migration-sending countries.

URL : http://ftp.iza.org/dp10196.pdf

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