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Title: Essays on international migration and remittances
Author: Saraogi , Amrita
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2013
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During the last two decades, Central and East-European (CEE) countries and in particular, Moldova has experienced large-scale labour emigration as well as significant increases in the associated worker's remittance flows. At least one-fourth of Mo ldova's economically active population has emigrated and worker's remittances amount to some 30 percent of its GDP. Against this backdrop, the essays included in this thesis aim to contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of remittance flows from workers in the host country to their household in the origin country through the investigation of three aspects: (1) the factors that account for the receipt of remittances across households in Moldova; (2) relationship between remittances and future migration intentions of non-migrants living in remittance receiving households; and (3) the impact of remittances on the enrolment status of children and young adults. Using household survey data for Moldova, the results show that altruism and investment are the two main motives behind remittance flows to Moldova. Moreover, the analysis also suggests that remittances help loosen the liquidity constraints of households. Thus, on one hand it is shown that remittances trigger migration intentions among nonmigrants either through their signalling property or through by alleviating credit constraints of recipient households. On the other hand, children in remittance-receiving families are more likely to be enrolled for education compared to similar children in non-recipient families.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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