Determinants of International Remittance: Evidence from Kerala, India

  • Anu Abraham


This chapter investigates the determinants of international remittance flow into the Kerala economy. It explores the influence of socio-demographic and migration-specific characteristics of the migrant and the migrant-sending (remittance receiving) households on the amount of remittance transfers. Using data from the 2011 Kerala Migration Survey, we employed Heckman selection correction model and Tobit model for the analysis. The results suggest that the migrant’s individual characters have a strong influence in the remittance-sending behaviour while the characteristics of the remittance-receiving household have a weaker influence. The migration-specific characteristics—the duration of migration, destination country and presence of dependents abroad—significantly affect the amount of remittance sent.


International Remittances International Migration Kerala India Gulf Migration 


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  • Anu Abraham
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  1. 1.SAMSOE, NMIMS (deemed to be University)MumbaiIndia

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