Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 637–663 | Cite as

An Integrated Analysis of Migration and Remittances: Modeling Migration as a Mechanism for Selection

  • Filiz Garip


Prior work has modeled individuals’ migration and remittance behavior separately, and reported mixed empirical support for various remittance motivations. This study offers an integrated approach, and considers migration as a mechanism for selection in a censored probit model of remittance behavior. This approach leads to different conclusions about the determinants of remittance behavior in the Thai internal migration setting. To the extent that these determinants capture different remittance motivations, as prior research has presumed, the analysis also provides varying support for these motivations. These results suggest that migration and remittance behavior are interrelated, and it is crucial for an analysis of remittance behavior to control for the selectivity of migration.


Migration Remittances Selectivity Thailand 



This research was funded by grants from the Clark and Milton Funds at Harvard University and a Junior Faculty Synergy Semester Grant from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. I am grateful to Peter Azoulay, Sara Curran, Cedric Deleon, Paul DiMaggio, Andrew Foster, Stine Grodal, Alya Guseva, Emily Heaphy, William Kandel, Nancy Luke, Doug Massey, Sigrun Olafsdottir, Kenneth Wachter, Mary Waters, Bruce Western and Viviana Zelizer for helpful advice. I thank the research team from the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina and the Institute for Population and Social Research at Mahidol University for their data collection efforts and the villagers of Nang Rong district, Buriram province, Thailand for their cooperation.


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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