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School of Business and Management

Research Seminar Series: Migration and Household Informal Activity

7 March 2018

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: FB 4.04/4.08 Bancroft

Professor Ira Gang from Rutgers University will discuss Migration and Household Informal Activity (abstract below)


This seminar is hosted by  Sushanta Mallick, Professor of International Finance (SBM), Queen Mary



 We study the link between temporary international migration and informal economic activity in the home country using household level panel data from the world’s most remittance dependent country, Tajikistan.

Our interest is in whether migration and remittances are a substitute for informal sector activity or a complement.

Our findings show that households with migrants exhibit significantly lower excess expenditure over income, our measure of informal sector activity, than non-migrant households. This holds, in particular, for remittance-receiving households.


About Professor Ira Gang:

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