Garbage In, Gospel Out? Controlling for the Underreporting of Remittances

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Author/Editor: Tigran A. Melkonyan, David A. Grigorian, J. Scott Shonkwiler
Release Date: © September, 2008
ISBN : 978-1-45187-088-6
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Empirical studies that use self-reported data on remittances to measure the latter's impact on microeconomic incentives mostly ignore the potential errors associated with reporting/measurement issues. An econometric procedure to control for these errors is developed and applied to household-level data from Armenia. We find evidence of systematic under-reporting of remittances. After controlling for this, we find a strong negative impact of remittances on incentives to work.

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