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Type Working Paper
Title Rural-Urban Linkages and Welfare: The Case of Remittance Flows in Ghana
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
URL http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/conferences/2007-EDiA-LaWBiDC/papers/182-Boakye-Yiadom.pdf
This paper highlights the importance of remittance flows between Ghana’s rural and urban sectors. Using data from the 1998/99 Ghana Living Standards Survey and a methodology that accounts for selectivity bias, several factors influencing remittance flows have been identified. These include welfare levels, the presence of a migrant, kin-fostering, the relationship between remitters and recipients, and gender. Our results also provide support for the presence of both altruism and self-interest in remittance decisions. Employing counterfactual scenarios, we further find that although rural-to-urban remittances had little impact on the welfare of recipients, rural recipients of urban remittances derived, on average, considerable welfare gains.

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