Estimating the effects of migration and remittances on the left-behind in Cambodia

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The objective of this project - selected for PEP support under the PAGE initiative in 2013 - is to examine the effects of emigration and remittances on welfare and productivity of left-behind housedholds in Cambodia, through a rigorous analysis of micro data from the 2009 Cambodia Socio-Economic Survey (CSES). While their results show that emigration and remittances have positive impact on poverty headcount (reduction of 2 to 5%) in Cambodia, the researchers also find that they can, in turn, generate a “dependency effect” among left-behind members, due to a decrease of 5 to 9% in hours worked by (employed) adults in the migrant-sending household, as well as a decrease in the total salary earnings. Find out more about the research method, finding and ensued policy implications through the following PEP publications:

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