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The impact of migrant workers' remittances on the living standards of families in Morocco: A propensity score matching approach

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  • Jamal Bouyiour

    () (Department of Economics, PAU University, France)

  • Amal Miftah

    (Dial Paris Dauphine, France)

Abstract

This article attempts to assess empirically the impact of remittances on household expenditure and relative poverty in Morocco. We apply propensity score matching methods to the 2006/2007 Moroccan Living Standards Measurement Survey. We find that migrants’ remittances can improve living standards among Moroccan households and affect negatively the incidence of poverty. The results show a statistically significant and positive impact of hose remittances on recipient households’ expenditures. They are also significantly associated with a decline in the probability of being in poverty for rural households; it decreases by 11.3 percentage points. In comparison, this probability decreases by 3 points in urban area.

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  • Jamal Bouyiour & Amal Miftah, 2015. "The impact of migrant workers' remittances on the living standards of families in Morocco: A propensity score matching approach," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 12(1), pages 13-27, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:12:y:2015:i:1:p:13-27
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    1. Bouoiyour, Jamal & Miftah, Amal & Mouhoud, El Mouhoub, 2016. "Education, male gender preference and migrants' remittances: Interactions in rural Morocco," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 324-331.
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    3. repec:pid:journl:v:55:y:2016:i:2:p:123-149 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Poverty; remittances; propensity score matching; Morocco;

    JEL classification:

    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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