GRIPS 政策研究センター Policy Research Center


Nov 1, 2008 Report No:08-15

Groups Excluded from ‘Representative’ Household Surveys: An Analysis Based on Remittances Sent and Received in Vietnam

  • Pfau WadeGRIPS
  • Giang Thanh LongNational Economics University
Field Economics
Language English

The Vietnam Living Standard Surveys (VLSS) are supposed to be representative of the entire population in Vietnam. However, we uncover an anomaly that the amount of remittances received from domestic sources is significantly larger than the amount of remittances sent to domestic sources, implying that the survey is at least not representative of remittance senders. By further exploring a unique characteristic of the survey questions about remittances, we determine that, in particular, female and urban-dwelling remittance senders are underrepresented in the survey.

Keywords Vietnam; Remittances; Household Survey Design
attachment 08-15.pdf