Authors

Maelan Le Goff

  • Current position:
    Economist, Banque de France
  • Research interest:
    Development economics, International migration, International trade
  • Affiliations:
    Banque de France, France
  • Past positions:
    Economist, CEPII
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, CERDI, Université d’Auvergne, 2012
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    It is very stimulating to contribute to this very innovative publication that strengthens links between research and practitioners. I hope it will be a useful decision-making tool
  • Selected publications:
    • “Remittances and the changing composition of migration.” The World Economy (Forthcoming) (with S. Salomone).
    • “Determinants and macroeconomic impact of remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Journal of African Economies 20:2 (2011): 312–340 (with M. Haacker, K. Lee, and R. J. Singh).
    • “Impact des envois de fonds des migrants sur les inégalités de revenu dans les pays en développement.” Revue économique 61:6 (2010): 1051–1074 (with C. Ebeke).
  • Articles

Feminization of migration and trends in remittances

Independent female migrants may be a reliable source of remittances despite the difficulties they encounter in labor markets

January 2016

10.15185/izawol.220 220

by Maelan Le Goff Le Goff, M

Migrants’ remittances to developing countries have increased in recent decades, partly due to reduced transactions costs and improved living conditions in host countries. The feminization of international migration represents yet another explanation. Despite the difficulties female migrants encounter in the labor market, their total remittances may be higher and more resilient than those of male migrants, owing to these women’s stronger links to family members left behind and self-insurance motives. Policymakers need to understand how this new and significant upward trend in female migration could affect the economic and social development of home countries.