Heterogeneous Effects of International Migration and Remittances on Crop Income: Evidence from the Kyrgyz Republic

Aziz Atamanov, Maastricht University, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

This paper uses a unique representative household budget survey from the Asian Development Bank to analyze the impact of international migration and remittances on crop income of rural farmers in the Kyrgyz Republic. Unlike other studies we allow the impact of remittances to be different for farmers with different land size and test whether reduced labour supply is more important for permanent rather than seasonal migrants. We find that losing family members has strong negative effect on crop income, in particular for permanent migrants. Remittances partially compensate for this, but their positive impact decreases with farm size.

About the speaker
Aziz Atamanov was born in Kyrgyzstan. He worked as a researcher at Center for Social and Economic Research CASE-Kyrgyzstan for 8 years. He studied at Central European University (MA in public policy) in 2005 and joined Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in 2008 as a Ph.D research fellow. His research interests are centered on rural development, international migration, remittances, and targeting social assistance in transition countries.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 03 February 2011

Time: 16:00 - 17:00  CET