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Les transferts des migrants sont-ils plus efficaces que l'aide pour améliorer la santé des enfants ? Une évaluation économétrique sur des données inter et intra-pays


  • Lisa Chauvet
  • Flore Gubert
  • Sandrine Mesplé-Somps


The objective of the paper is to analyze the respective impact of aid and remittances on human development as measured by infant and child mortality rates. Panel data on a sample of 109 developing countries, and cross-country quintile-level data on a sample of 47 developing countries are alternatively used. In addition to assessing the extent to which health aid and remittances contribute to reduce child health disparities between countries, the paper addresses two other questions. What is the net effect of migration when the brain drain of health workers is accounted for? What is the effective impact of aid and remittances on intra-country child health disparities? Our results tend to show that remittances significantly improve child health and that the impact of health aid is non-linear, suggesting that aid to the health sector is more effective in the poorest countries. By contrast, medical brain drain, as measured by the expatriation rate of physicians, is found to have a harmful impact on health outcomes. The net impact of migration on human development is therefore mitigated. Last, remittances seem to be much more effective in improving health outcomes for children belonging to the richest households, whereas neither pro-poor nor anti-poor effect is found for health aid.

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  • Lisa Chauvet & Flore Gubert & Sandrine Mesplé-Somps, 2009. "Les transferts des migrants sont-ils plus efficaces que l'aide pour améliorer la santé des enfants ? Une évaluation économétrique sur des données inter et intra-pays," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 17(4), pages 41-80.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:edddbu:edd_234_0041

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    1. Jean-Michel Lafleur & Olivier Lizin, 2014. "Transnational Health Insurance Schemes: A New Avenue for Congolese Immigrants in Belgium to Care for Their Relatives' Health from Abroad?," Working Papers 15-01d, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Migration and Development..

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