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Remittances and Vulnerability to Poverty in Rural Mexico

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  • de la Fuente, Alejandro
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    Summary Remittances have been portrayed as the human face of globalization given their potential to alleviate poverty by directly increasing household income. Using a panel of rural households in Mexico from October 1998 to November 2000 this study assesses whether this is in fact the case. However, rather than examining whether remittances income would reduce future consumption poverty we asked if remittances are likely to reach people whose conditions are prone to worsen in the future. We found a negative and statistically significant relationship between the disbursement of remittances and the threat to future poverty that rural households could experience.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (June)
    Pages: 828-839

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:38:y:2010:i:6:p:828-839

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    Keywords: globalization risk vulnerability poverty private transfers Mexico;

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    1. Ethan Ligon & Laura Schechter, 2003. "Measuring Vulnerability," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 113(486), pages C95-C102, March.
    2. Cesar Calvo & Stefan Dercon, 2005. "Measuring Individual Vulnerability," Economics Series Working Papers 229, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    3. Kaivan Munshi, 2003. "Networks In The Modern Economy: Mexican Migrants In The U.S. Labor Market," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 118(2), pages 549-599, May.
    4. Lucas, Robert E B & Stark, Oded, 1985. "Motivations to Remit: Evidence from Botswana," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 93(5), pages 901-18, October.
    5. de la Fuente, Alejandro, 2008. "Remittances and Vulnerability to Poverty in Rural Mexico," Working Paper Series RP2008/17, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    Cited by:
    1. Skoufias, Emmanuel & Vinha, Katja, 2012. "Climate variability and child height in rural Mexico," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 10(1), pages 54-73.
    2. World Bank, 2012. "The Welfare Effects of Extreme Weather Events : Insights from Three APEC Case Studies," World Bank Other Operational Studies 13039, The World Bank.
    3. Skoufias, Emmanuel & Vinha, Katja & Conroy, Hector V., 2011. "The impacts of climate variability on welfare in rural Mexico," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5555, The World Bank.

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