Discussion Paper

No. 2017-86 | October 18, 2017
Post electoral crisis and international remittances: evidence from Côte d’Ivoire

Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants of international remittances received during the post electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, using data collected 5 months after the end of the conflict. The author finds that the crisis has been a means of mobilizing social capital and demonstrating altruistic and insurance behaviors beyond the bounds of kinship. Transfers are mainly sent for consumption purpose, but amounts transferred for small investments and human capital are higher. Moreover, the propensity to transfer higher amounts decreases when emigration occurred after the November 2004 violent events. Altruism resists to time.

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JEL Classification:

F22, F24, O15

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Yao Silvère Konan (2017). Post electoral crisis and international remittances: evidence from Côte d’Ivoire. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2017-86, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2017-86


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Anonymous - Invited Reader Comment
October 19, 2017 - 08:38

Post electoral crisis and international remittances: evidence from Côte d’Ivoire

By Yao Silvère Konan

General comment.
This is a good paper that provides important information on remittances before, during and after the Ivorian conflict. It documents the motivations for transferring money. Indeed, the author found that transfers are ...[more]

... mainly sent for consumption purpose, but amounts transferred for small investments and human capital are higher. Moreover, men receive higher amount than women. The paper fail to dig deeper on the social characteristics of the recipients (for instance marital status of the recipients, level of education, status of the recipient in the household, does the recipient have dependents?). This would have helped in providing insights on some of the results. For instance in explaining why amounts transferred to men are higher than that received by women; and also why recipients engaged in paid activity receive higher amount of transfer? The paper could be improved by addressing the above issues.


Anonymous - Invited Reader Comment 2
November 16, 2017 - 08:34

The remittances of migrants and generally the contribution of migrants to development is a problem at the heart of development thinking. In this article, the author discusses the determinants of remittances in a context marked by an election crisis. This particular problem is relevant and well argued. The paper brings ...[more]

... new statistical evidence based on microeconomic data. Econometric approaches add value to the subject.
In this respect, the article may be published because of the quality of the data used and the relevance of the methodological approach.


Anonymous - Referee Report 1
November 22, 2017 - 08:41

see attached file