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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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The impact of international and internal remittances on household welfare: Evidence from Viet Nam

Using data from the Viet Nam household living standard surveys of 2002 and 2004, this paper measures the impact of international and internal remittances on the household welfare of remittance-receiving households. It finds that both the income and the consumption expenditures of the recipients increased as a result of international and internal remittances. The impact of remittances on non-food expenditures tended to be greater than the impact on food expenditures. For international remittances, the impact on income was much greater than the impact on consumption expenditures, meaning that a large proportion of international remittances were used for savings and investment. The impact of internal remittances on income was slightly greater than the impact on consumption expenditures. In other words, most of the internal remittances were used for consumption expenditures.

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