MIGRATION SEMINAR: Remittances and Household Welfare in rural Ethiopia

Lisa Andersson, Department of Economics, Gothenburg University

This paper investigates the effects of international remittances on household welfare in rural Ethiopia. Using a recently conducted migration survey with rich information on migration and remittance patterns, a matching technique is applied in order to address self-selection. By using information before and after the households started receiving remittances the study sheds light on the change in welfare that households experience after starting receiving remittances. The results show that remittances have a significant impact on a welfare variable that has previously not received much attention in the migration literature, namely household subjective wellbeing. The effect on consumer- and productive asset accumulation is more ambiguous.

About the speaker
Lisa Andersson is a PhD Candidate in Economics at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her field of interest is development economics in general, and international migration in particualar. During 2011 she took part in the IS Academy migration data collection in Ethiopia and Burundi, and she is currently writing her thesis on the effects of migration and remittances on household welfare in Ethiopia.

Venue: Conference Room, UNU-MERIT/MGSoG, Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht

Date: 02 May 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CET