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Globalization, migration and development : the role of Mexican migrant remittances

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  • José Ernesto López-Córdova

    (Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe, INTAL)

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This note starts from the premise that, in current debates on the impact of globalization on economic development, the role of international migration has been under-emphasized. In an effort to contribute toward filling that gap, it presents evidence suggesting that remittances sent by international migrants are associated with improved developmental outcomes. Using a cross-section of all Mexican municipalities (over 2400) in the year 2000, it shows that an increase in the fraction of households receiving international remittances is correlated with better schooling and health indicators, and with reductions in poverty. These results are confirmed when we look at migration propensity instead of remittance flows. The econometric exercises control for the likely endogeneity between remittances and migration variables, on the one hand, and developmental outcome variables, on the other.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, INTAL in its series INTAL Working Papers with number 1440.

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Length: 43 p.
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:idb:intalp:1440

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Keywords: REMESAS; MIGRACIONES INTERNACIONALES; GLOBALIZACION; COOPERACION PARA EL DESARROLLO; MIGRACIONES;

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  1. Richard H. Adams, Jr. & John Page, 2003. "International migration, remittances, and poverty in developing countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3179, The World Bank.
  2. Rapoport, Hillel & Docquier, Frédéric, 2005. "The Economics of Migrants’ Remittances," IZA Discussion Papers 1531, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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