Remittances and Household Expenditures on Health and Education in Tajikistan
The paper assesses the effects of international remittances on health and education expenditures of remittance-receiving households for the case of Tajikistan — the world’s top remittancedependent country. Applying two-sample t-test and regression models to the 2003 and 2007 Tajikistan Living Standards Measurement Surveys, health and education expenditure shares for households with remittances and households without remittances are compared, and the impacts of remittances on the health and education expenditure shares are estimated.
The analyses conducted indicate that remittances increased remittance-receiving households’ education expenditure share in 2003, and caused them to decrease in 2007, but the impacts were statistically insignificant in both cases. On the contrary, households with remittances decreased the health expenditure share in 2003 (insignificantly) and increased them in 2007 significantly.
Key wordsTajikistan Remittances Health Expenditure Education Expenditure
JEL ClassificationF22 F24 P36
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