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Migration and Subjective Poverty in sending countries: An analysis of the Egyptian case


  • Yehudith Kahn

    () (Economics and Management Department, Tel Hai College, Israel.)

  • Audrey Dumas

    () (CAEPEM, University of Perpignan Via Domitia, France.)

  • Yovav Eshet

    () (Faculty of Management, University of Haifa, Israel.)

  • Nir Billfeld

    () (Economics Department, Western Galilee College, Israel.)


Migration has traditionally been used as a survival strategy in times of financial crisis; however, a debate exists as to whether migration influences poverty on the individual level. The current study analyses the influence of past subjective poverty on migration choice and to determine the impact of migration on current subjective poverty per-ception. Using a simultaneous bivariate ordered probit model, we found that poorer individuals in Egypt tend to migrate more than others. Migration was found to be a significant determinant of current poverty in Egypt. Finally, migration improved mi-grant’s financial situation.

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  • Yehudith Kahn & Audrey Dumas & Yovav Eshet & Nir Billfeld, 2014. "Migration and Subjective Poverty in sending countries: An analysis of the Egyptian case," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(3), pages 353-367, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:3:p:353-367

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    1. Dibeh, Ghassan & Fakih, Ali & Marrouch, Walid, 2018. "Labor Market and Institutional Drivers of Youth Irregular Migration: Evidence from the MENA Region," IZA Discussion Papers 11903, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    Migration; subjective poverty; Egypt; selection bias;


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