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Do Cash Transfers to Farmers Reduce Migration? Procampo in Mexico

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  • Gabriel Gonzalez-Konig

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Universidad de Guanajuato)

  • Quentin Wodon

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This paper provides a theoretical model to suggest that if cash transfers for farmers have or are perceived to have conditionalities in terms of location (whereby at least some household members must remain at the place of origin to benefit from the transfers), their impact on temporary and permanent migration is uncertain a priori. To test empirically what the impact of the transfers could be, we use data on Procampo, a large transfer program for rural farmers in Mexico implemented since 1994. We find that the impact of Procampo on both permanent and temporary migration has been negative.

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  • Gabriel Gonzalez-Konig & Quentin Wodon, 2005. "Do Cash Transfers to Farmers Reduce Migration? Procampo in Mexico," Department of Economics and Finance Working Papers EC200501, Universidad de Guanajuato, Department of Economics and Finance, revised Aug 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:gua:wpaper:ec200501
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    Keywords

    Migration; Cash Transfers; Mexico; Latin America;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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