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Globalization, migration and development : the role of Mexican migrant remittances

  • José Ernesto López-Córdova

    (Instituto para la Integración de América Latina y el Caribe, INTAL)

This paper presents evidence suggesting that international migrant remittances generally lead to improved developmental outcomes. Using a cross-section of Mexican municipalities in 2000, I show that increases in the fraction of households receiving international remittances are generally correlated with better schooling and health outcomes and with reductions in some dimensions of poverty. My results take into account the likely endogeneity among migration, remittances, and developmental outcome variables, and they suggest that measures to facilitate remittance flows are desirable.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, INTAL in its series INTAL Working Papers with number 1440.

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Length: 43 p.
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:idb:intalp:1440
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  1. Richard H. Adams, Jr. & John Page, 2003. "International migration, remittances, and poverty in developing countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3179, The World Bank.
  2. Mckenzie, David & Rapoport, Hillel, 2007. "Network effects and the dynamics of migration and inequality: Theory and evidence from Mexico," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 84(1), pages 1-24, September.
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