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Seefeldt says 'consumption smoothing' behavior makes long-term recovery more difficult for economically vulnerable

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Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

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Dean Yang

Yang's work on migrant remittances yields place on U-M innovative ideas list

a PSC In The News reference, 2010

"Twelve of the most innovative ideas to come from the University community in the past year" - Michigan Daily. 09/08/2010.

Dean Yang found that remittance funds--money that working migrants send to relatives in their home countries--can yield bigger benefits when the migrants have greater control over how the money is spent. Yang says most migrants want the money they send home to be used for long- rather than short-term benefit, such as for schooling, healthcare, and small business ventures. Their families, however, tend to use the remittances for day-to-day expenses. Yang says if migrants could better control how funds are used, the money would yield larger family and economic development benefits, and the migrants would be inclined to send more.

Researcher:

Dean Yang

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