Special lecture on “Home is where the money goes: determinants and impacts of remittance flows in the Ganges Brahmaputra and Mekong delta regions” by Dr. Sylvia Maria Szabo

Please be invited to a special lecture on “Home is where the money goes: determinants and impacts of remittance flows in the Ganges Brahmaputra and Mekong delta regions” by Dr. Sylvia Maria Szabo,  Nutrition Policy and Advocacy Adviser at Save the Children UK.  The presentation will be held on following:

 

Date:         Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Time:         14.00 -16:00 hrs.

Venue:       S101, SERD Meeting Room

 

Abstract

The dominant movement of people in the mega-deltas of Asia is from agriculture-dominated rural areas to urban settlements, driven by industrialization. The spatial disparities in economic opportunity mean enhanced income for migrants, but the impacts of migration on sending areas through remittances is less established. This paper uses data from two delta regions with significant out-migration rates, Bangladeshi Ganges Brahmaputra and the Vietnamese Mekong delta, to investigate whether remittance income leads to enhanced multiple dimensions of well-being in sending areas. Data from large scale sample household surveys (2010 Bangladesh Household Income and Expenditure Survey and 2012 Vietnam Living Standards Survey) are analysed through multilevel regression modelling to examine well-being outcomes in sending areas and links to remittance income. The results show that the temporal extent of internal and international migration are positively associated with remittances in both delta regions. The results also suggest that in both delta regions remittances have a significant positive effect on household well-being, including overall income, investments in health, food security and access to sanitation. The paper concludes that in order to capitalise on remittance flows, it is important to set up innovative investment mechanisms supporting resilience-building in environmentally-at-risk tropical deltas.

 

All interested are welcome to attend

 

RRDP students are required to attend