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Volume 13
Issue 1
Online publication date 2017-02-23
Title Microeconomic impact of remittances on household welfare: Evidences from Bangladesh
Author Syed Naimul Wadood, Md. Amzad Hossain
This paper investigates the effect of both international and domestic remittances and migration on household welfare in Bangladesh. We employ a number of variables such as different types of poverty measures, household consumption expenditure, expenditures on health and education etc. to define household welfare. We use the Household Income and Expenditure survey 2010 to estimate the impact of remittance on household welfare. To address the issue of self-selection, we have used Propensity Score Matching (PSM) technique. The results reveal that although both internal and external remittance remittances have significant impact on reducing poverty and increasing consumption expenditure, the degree of impact is much higher for external remittance compared to internal remittance. However we find no impact of remittance on Household expenditure on education and healthcare.

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Keywords Remittances, migration, Bangladesh, propensity score matching
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