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Title of Thesis

Socio-Economic Impact Of Overseas Workers Remittances On The Recipient Households In District Swabi, Pakistan

Author(s)

MUNIR KHAN

Institute/University/Department Details
Institute Of Development Studies, Faculty of Rural Social Sciences / NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar
Session
2010
Subject
Economics
Number of Pages
175
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
Socio-Economic, Impact, Overseas, Workers, Remittances, Recipient, Households, Swabi, Pakistan, correlation, formal, education, training

Abstract
The main objective of this study was to analyze the impact of foreign remittances on the socio-economic development of the District Swabi, NWFP, Pakistan. For this purpose eleven villages were selected where 360 respondents were interviewed in the year 2008. Several important conclusions emerge from this study in the context of: determinants of emigration, the foreign earnings, the mode of utilization and socio-economic impact on recipients in Pakistan. These conclusions are summed up below. The study reveals that both “Pull” and ‘Push’ factors have propelled the emigration process but the “Pull” factors are more dominant. The study also distinctly substantiates the “Age Selectivity” character of emigration stream; 63% of the emigrants under study belong to the 21-30 years age group. The study reveals that the literacy level of the emigrants’ households positively impacted the incidence of emigration. Regression results of the study also clearly establish a positive and significant correlation between the level of ‘formal education’ and ‘formal training’ of emigrants with their income level abroad. These findings discount the commonplace views on this subject in the study universe and thus, should, further strengthen the urge, among the area’s people and also elsewhere, to go for formal education and formal training, more and more. An unexpected finding of the study is the negative and insignificant correlation between emigrants’ non-formal skills and their income level abroad. The emigrants’ remittances have substantially improved their left behind households’ income level, which compares very favorably with income of the in-country workers; being three times higher than the latter. The emigrants’ households were, generally speaking, found to be making a rational allocation of their enhanced income over consumption and productive uses. Some 14% households acquired agricultural land which significantly increased their holdings (22%) over the pre-emigration period; 12% purchased plots of land for residential/commercial construction; 32% invested in livestock that raised their livestock holdings by 83%; 49% bought vehicles, mostly for both personal and commercial use; and 79% constructed or improved their residences, thus creating an asset of growing value by the current trend. Expenditure on health and education is universally regarded a productive outlay, and the emigrants households prominently excel in this respect. These items claimed 11% and 14% respectively of their total current expenditure. The outcomes are manifested in improvement in health situation as well as literacy and education level of the population under study. Both men and women have had their share in this respect. The growing popularity of education among women is, especially noteworthy and is a break away from the social rigidity of the past. Thus, emigration and the resulting inflow of remittances from abroad have set in the much welcome process of socio-economic change and emigration should accordingly be encouraged and facilitated by providing appropriate financial, legal, and administrative assistance and encouragement to the existing and the intending emigrants.

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INTRODUCTION

1.1 Welfare Impact of Remittances

1.2 Negative effects of remittances

1.3 Statement of the problem

1.4 Objectives

1.5 Hypotheses

1.6 Scheme of the study

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3 2 REVIEW OF LITERATURE

2.1 Synthesis of Review of Literature

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4 3 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.1 Study Universe.

3.2 Units of Study

3.3 Sample Design for Survey

3.4 Model Description

3.5 Data Analysis

3.6 Limitations of the Study

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5 4 ESTIMATED MODEL

4.1 Empirical Results

4.2 Interpretation of Regression Results

4.3 Diagnostic Tests

4.4 Results of Diagnostic Tests

4.5 Interpretation of the Model

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6 5 PROFILE OF THE SAMPLE HOUSEHOLDS AND THE OVERSEAS WORKERS

5.1 Family Type

5.2 Household Size

5.3 Activity status

5.4 Literacy Status and Education Level

5.5 Years of Schooling

5.6 Literacy Status of Household Heads

5.7 Literacy Status of Overseas Workers

5.8 Emigrants Training

5.9 Skill Status of Emigrants

5.10 Relative Abroad

5.11 Motivation for Overseas Jobs

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7 6 PROFILE OF OVERSEAS WORKERS

6.1 Age Distribution

6.2 Literacy rate of Emigrants

6.3 Occupations of Emigrants

6.4 Income of Emigrant

6.5 Duration Abroad

6.6 Source of Finance

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8 7 REMITTANCES

7.1 Per Household and Per Capita Income

7.2 Contribution of Remittances to Household Income

7.3 Total Remittances Flowing into Sample Households

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9 8 UTILIZATION OF REMITTANCES

8.1 Overview

8.2 Productive Assets

8.3 Consumption Durables

8.4 Current Annual Expenditure

8.5 Concluding Note

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10 9 SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Summary

9.2 Conclusions

9.3 Recommendations

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11 10 LITERATURE CITED & APPENDICES

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