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Impact of remittances from migrants on the health expenditure of recipient households in Togo

Kokouvi Kunalè MAWUENA
Université de Lomé, Togo
Faculté des Sciences Économiques et de Gestion, Département d ’ Économie
syl.mawuena@gmail.com
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5042-4237


Mawussé Komlagan Nézan OKEY
Université de Lomé, Togo
Faculté des Sciences Économiques et de Gestion, Département d ’ Économie
mawusseo2000@gmail.com
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6434-4262


Essohanam PELENGUEI
Université de Lomé, Togo
Faculté des Sciences Économiques et de Gestion, Département d ’ Économie
corresponding author : silverepelenguei@yahoo.com
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8038-7406


Benoit KAFANDO
Université de Montréal, Canada
Observatoire de la Francophonie Économique
benoit.kafando@umontreal.ca
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2000-0812

Abstract : This study aims to analyze the effect of migrant remittances on the health ex­penditure of recipient households in Togo. The consequences of the migratory flows of recent years in developing countries do not spare Togo. One wonders about the effects that this phenomenon can have on the daily lives of households. To achieve this goal, we used the propensity score matching model using data from the 2015 Unified Questionnaire of Core Indicators of Well-being survey. The results show that remittances have a positive impact on the use of modern rather than traditional health services and these also have a positive impact on the use of public health services. One of the major recommendations of our results therefore militates in favour of facilitating the procedures for transferring migrants to migrants in Togo.

Keywords : remittances, population health, health expenditure, migrants.

JEL classification : F24, I11, I12.

DOI : https://doi.org/10.18559/RIELF.2022.1.12