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Honors Project On-Campus Access Only


Recent literature on migration addresses how gender significantly impacts remittance use. While gender and post-shock behaviors around remittances have been largely addressed separately, this paper investigates how income shocks affect remittances received by female and male-headed households differently. Using a nationally representative sample for Albanian families receiving remittances over three different years, I find that the cumulating number of income shocks a household goes through significantly affects the probability and the amount of remittances received, with heterogeneous effects depending on the gender of the household head. Consistent with previous literature, female-headed households see a drop in remittances with cumulating income shocks, while male-headed households experience a noted increase.



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