Remittances Review <p><a title="Remittances Review" href=""><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="" alt="Remittances Review" height="200" /></em></a><strong>Remittances Review</strong> is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality and policy oriented research and scholarship on Remittances and Money Transfers. <strong>Remittances Review</strong> (RR) is published twice a year in May and October since. <strong>Remittances Review</strong> publishes policy-oriented research and scholarship from Economics, Accounting, Finance, Sociology, Politics, Anthropology, Geography, and Law, and welcomes interdisciplinary contributions. International remittances are expected to top $2 billion a day before 2020, with two-thirds flowing to developing countries. Remittances reduce poverty in families that receive them, and can stimulate economic growth in migrant-sending nations. Remittances Review seeks papers with micro and macro analyses of remittance impacts as well as papers dealing with the remittance infrastructure or how individuals send small sums over national borders. The Remittances Review includes research articles, debates, conversations/interviews, book reviews, opinion and viewpoints and letters. Remittances Review is a high quality outlet for scholarly exchange and follows a strict editorial review policy with double blind reviews.</p> <p><strong>ISSN</strong>: 2059-6588 | <strong>e-ISSN</strong>: 2059-6596 | The abbreviated title: Remit. Rev. </p> <p><strong>Remittances Review</strong> is listed/indexed in: JUFO - Publication Forum (Finland) <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="">Journal search</a> | <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href=";bibsys=false">Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers</a> | <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="">RePEc</a> | <a style="background-color: #ffffff;" href="">American Sociological Association's Publication Options Journal Directory</a></p> en-US (Remittances Review) (Rem Rev Admin) Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:32:42 +0000 OJS 60 Front Matter Remittances Review Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Editorial: Remittances during the Covid-19 Pandemic Remittances have been a lifeline for many developing countries, uplifting communities and households above the poverty line. The COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic outbreak from January 2020 onwards have seemingly changed many parameters in world economy, society, politics and culture. As researchers and students of this field, it is likely that for a long while, we will be occupied with analysing and understanding the causes, processes and outcomes of the pandemic in terms of remittance sending behaviour, trends, volumes as well as domino effects in sending communities and households. We know that at times of crisis, altruistic remittance sending behaviour strengthens, understandably to support families left behind. This can still be the case. For example, National Bank of Georgia reported that remittances received in the country in February 2020 was 9.5 per cent up from February 2019. However, vulnerability is often higher among migrant workers and it curbs the capability to send remittances. Ibrahim Sirkeci Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Revisiting the Impacts on Human Capital and Labour Force Participation with Transitory Remittances <p>Remittances can occur on a transitory basis due to motives related to insurance and investment; therefore, studies using cross-sectional information can omit populations that have received remittances in the past. This paper examines the impact of this omission in the case of Mexico. The proportion of the population living in households receiving remittances increases by almost a factor of two when we consider past periods. This additional population includes relatively more urban residents with higher socio-economic status and households with male household heads. However, when estimating the impact of remittances in labour force participation and school attendance, there is no difference when using an estimate defining the group of households receiving remittances similarly to studies using cross-sectional data in previous literature.</p> Jaime Lara Lara Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Migration, Remittances, and Entrepreneurship: A Seemingly Unrelated Bivariate Probit Approach The aim of this paper is to examine the interdependence between the decision to invest in entrepreneurship and the receipt of remittances. Firstly, a conceptual framework is developed within the household utility-maximisation model, wherein households are seen to make decisions on entrepreneurship and remittances simultaneously. Guided by this, the model is specified and estimated, employing the seemingly unrelated bivariate probit model upon a random sample stemming from the Kosovo population census. The findings suggest broad support for the household approach. As expected, the two decisions are simultaneously determined and, while remittances have a positive impact on entrepreneurship, no evidence is found for the statistical importance of migration. Household entrepreneurial behaviour is determined by demographic characteristics, income, relative wealth, education, and type of area. Mrika Kotorri, Besnik A. Krasniqi, Marina Dabic Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Domestic and International Remittances and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa <p><span>The amount of remittances to developing counties, defined as the flow of monetary and non-monetary goods, has increased globally and has surpassed the amount of money spent on foreign aid in these developing countries. The impact of remittances on households’ purchasing power has been studied; however, its link to food security status is yet to be explored. This paper quantitatively analyses the relationship between food security status (measured using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale) and the receipt of domestic/ international or both remittances on households in sub- Saharan Africa. Data are derived from the Gallup World Poll from the years 2014-2017. Multinomial logistic regression models and binary logistic regression analyses were conducted to analyze the data. Results showed that remittance recipients had significantly higher household incomes (especially if the remittance was coming internationally and domestically), lived with significantly more household members (7 or more members), and were more likely to be separated (including divorced or widowed). Households that received domestic remittances had significantly higher odds of being food insecure than households receiving no remittances. Conversely, households receiving remittances internationally or a combination of domestic and international remittances had significantly lower odds of food insecurity compared to non-receivers. This study found that receiving remittances affect the food security status of people living in SSA countries. </span></p> Narges Ebadi, Davod Ahmadi, Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 From Passport to Pennies: Theorizing the Effects of Dual Citizenship on Migrant Remittances <p><span lang="EN-US">Migrant remittances are critical elements of the economic development agenda in many parts of the world. Extending dual citizenship to emigrants has been suggested as government policy to encourage and stabilize migrants’ financial transfers. This essay theorizes the causal relationship between passports and pennies, or between citizenship policies and transnational economic activities, such as remittances. It reads the conceptualizations from a grounded theory study on the effects of status passages related to citizenship, as well as findings from economic sociology into the micro-economic literature on the determinants of remittances. Based on a study of India’s diasporic membership status, the Overseas Citizenship of India, the essay shows that four principal effects—the rights, identity, naturalization and good-will effect—affect various populations differently. The conceptualizations serve to generate empirically grounded hypotheses about the relationship between economic transfers and citizenship status, as well as to understand the underlying (and sometimes competing) mechanisms.</span></p> Daniel Naujoks Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Influence of Remittances on Socio-Economic Development in Rural Nepal <p>This article analyses socioeconomic changes with reference to income, consumption, expenditure, health, and education of migrant households in relation to remittances flows. This study is based on a case study of Musaharniya village in Rajbiraj Municipality of Saptari District, Province 2, Nepal. It is found that remittances play a vital role in improving the socioeconomic condition, reducing poverty and bringing social and political awareness in the village. Those households whose family members are not abroad are poorer than those with migrant members abroad. Due to increasing incomes, their expenditure capacity has considerably risen over time. All migrant households have owned land whereas one-third of households were landless in the past. Access to modern technologies has significantly increased among remittance recipient households compared to non-remittances households. Remittances were also causing migration from rural to urban centres to some extent.</p> Deepak Chaudhary Copyright (c) 2020 Remittances Review Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0000