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Claudia Martinez

Diagonal Paraguay 257
Oficina 1503-D
Departamento de Economía
Facultad de Economía y Negocios
Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile

E-Mail: clmartineza@uc.cl

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March 2014Savings in Transnational Households: A Field Experiment among Migrants from El Salvador
with Nava Ashraf, Diego Aycinena, Dean Yang: w20024
We implemented a randomized field experiment that tested ways to stimulate savings by international migrants in their origin country. We find that migrants value and take advantage of opportunities to exert greater control over financial activities in their home countries. In partnership with a Salvadoran bank, we offered U.S.-based migrants bank accounts in El Salvador. We randomly varied migrant control over El Salvador-based savings by offering different types of accounts across treatment groups. Migrants offered the greatest degree of control accumulated the most savings at the partner bank, compared to others offered less or no control over savings. Impacts are likely to represent increases in total savings: there is no evidence that savings increases were simply reallocated from othe...

Published: Nava Ashraf & Diego Aycinena & Claudia Martínez A. & Dean Yang, 2015. "Savings in Transnational Households: A Field Experiment among Migrants from El Salvador," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 2(97), pages 332-351, May. citation courtesy of

 
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