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Groups Excluded from \u27Representative\u27 Household Surveys: An Analysis Based on Remittances Sent and Received in Vietnam

By PFAU Wade D. and GIANG Long Thanh


経済学 / EconomicsThe Vietnam Living Standard Surveys (VLSS) are supposed to be representative of the entire population in Vietnam. However, we uncover an anomaly that the amount of remittances received from domestic sources is significantly larger than the amount of remittances sent to domestic sources, implying that the survey is at least not representative of remittance senders. By further exploring a unique characteristic of the survey questions about remittances, we determine that, in particular, female and urban-dwelling remittance senders are underrepresented in the survey.JEL Classification Codes: D1, D63, F2

Topics: Vietnam, Remittances, Household Survey Design
Publisher: GRIPS Policy Information Center
Year: 2015
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