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

Author/Editor: Shonkwiler, J. Scott ; Grigorian, David A. ; Melkonyan, Tigran A.
Publication Date: September 01, 2008
Summary: 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.
Subject(s): Workers remittances | Armenia | Data collection | Financial incentives | Labor supply | Economic models

Author's Keyword(s): censored data | measurement error | labor supply | Armenia
Publication Date: September 01, 2008
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2008230 Pages: 19
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