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Remittances, income distribution, and rural asset accumulation

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  • Adams, Richard H., Jr.

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This paper examines the direct, first-rounds impact of two types of remittances—internal and external remittances—on income distribution and asset accumulation in rural Pakistan. Using income decomposition techniques on a three-year panel household data set, the paper finds that internal remittances have a positive effect on equity and that external remittances have a negative effect. The study also uses an asset-accumulation model to pinpoint the effect of remittances on five types of rural assets: irrigated land owned, rainfed land owned, livestock assets, agricultural capital, and nonfarm assets. The results show that remittances do have an effect on rural asset accumulation. While external remittances have a positive and significant effect on the accumulation of land, internal remittances have a positive and significant effect on the accumulation of agricultural capital.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series FCND discussion papers with number 17.

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Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:fcnddp:17

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Keywords: Income distribution. ; Land use. ; Agricultural economics. ; Livestock. ; Pakistan. ;

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  1. Estudillo, Jonna P. & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Otsuka, Keijiro, 2001. "Income distribution in rice-growing villages during the post-Green Revolution periods: the Philippine case, 1985 and 1998," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 25(1), pages 71-84, June.

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