GRIPS 政策研究センター Policy Research Center


Jul 1, 2008 Report No:08-06

Gender and Remittance Flows in Vietnam During Economic Transformation

  • Wade Pfau GRIPS
  • Giang Thanh LongNational Economics University
Field Economics
Language English

Since the 1990s, Vietnam has experienced a dramatic growth in remittance flows. This
paper uses the Vietnam Living Standard Surveys for 1992/93 and 1997/98 to study the
role of gender in these remittance flows, both from the perspective of receiving and
sending remittances. Knowing about gender differences will help to better explain the
impact of remittances and to understand the nature of gender roles during a time of
economic transformation. We find important distinctions, such as a responsibility
among women for the intergenerational transfers of remittances (particularly between
parents and children) while men tend to take more responsibility for intragenerational
remittances. As well, after controlling for other factors and sharing remittances between
spouses who live together, we find evidence that women have a higher likelihood to
both send and receive remittances.

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