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Migration, Poverty, and Housing: Welfare Comparisons Using Sequential Stochastic Dominance

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  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

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    (AFTPM, World Bank)

Abstract

Welfare comparisons may be sensitive to the assumptions made about economies of scale within households. This paper uses recent advances in sequential stochastic dominance techniques to show how to test for the robustness of poverty and housing quality comparisons to assumptions about economies of scale. The method is applied to a comparison of migrant and non-migrant households in Honduras. While simple comparisons based on per capita income and the estimated rental value of the dwelling suggest that migrants do better than non-migrants for poverty, but worse for housing quality, none of the two group is found to dominate the other for reasonable welfare thresholds when assumptions regarding economies of scale are relaxed.

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 01-01.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2001
Date of revision: 2002
Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:01-01

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Keywords: Migration; poverty; housing; equivalence scales;

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  1. Petr Hanel & Snezana VUCIC, 2002. "L’Impact Économique Des Activités De Recherche De L’Université De Sherbrooke," Cahiers de recherche 02-04, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.
  2. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Poverty Measurement and Analysis," MPRA Paper 45362, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Joseph, George & Wodon, Quentin, 2014. "Does the Impact of Remittances on Poverty and Human Development Depend on the Climate of Receiving Areas?," MPRA Paper 56517, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Pene Kalulumia, 2000. "Government Debt, Interest Rates And International Capital Flows: Evidence From Cointegration," Cahiers de recherche 00-03, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.
  5. Paul Makdissi & Quentin Wodon, 2000. "Consumption Dominance Curves: Testing for the Impact of Tax Reforms on Poverty," Cahiers de recherche 00-05, Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke.

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