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Migration, Poverty, and Housing: Welfare Comparisons Using Sequential Stochastic Dominance

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  • Paul Makdissi

    () (Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

    () (AFTPM, World Bank)

Abstract

Welfare comparisons may be sensitive to the assumptions made about economies of scale within households. This paper uses recent advances in sequential stochastic dominance techniques to show how to test for the robustness of poverty and housing quality comparisons to assumptions about economies of scale. The method is applied to a comparison of migrant and non-migrant households in Honduras. While simple comparisons based on per capita income and the estimated rental value of the dwelling suggest that migrants do better than non-migrants for poverty, but worse for housing quality, none of the two group is found to dominate the other for reasonable welfare thresholds when assumptions regarding economies of scale are relaxed.

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  • Paul Makdissi & Quentin Wodon, 2001. "Migration, Poverty, and Housing: Welfare Comparisons Using Sequential Stochastic Dominance," Cahiers de recherche 01-01, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke, revised 2002.
  • Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:01-01
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    1. Paul Makdissi & Quentin Wodon, 2000. "Consumption Dominance Curves: Testing for the Impact of Tax Reforms on Poverty," Cahiers de recherche 00-05, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke.
    2. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Poverty Measurement and Analysis," MPRA Paper 45362, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Pene Kalulumia, 2000. "Government Debt, Interest Rates And International Capital Flows: Evidence From Cointegration," Cahiers de recherche 00-03, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke.
    4. Joseph, George & Wodon, Quentin, 2014. "Does the Impact of Remittances on Poverty and Human Development Depend on the Climate of Receiving Areas?," MPRA Paper 56517, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Petr Hanel & Snezana VUCIC, 2002. "L’Impact Économique Des Activités De Recherche De L’Université De Sherbrooke," Cahiers de recherche 02-04, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke.

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    Keywords

    Migration; poverty; housing; equivalence scales;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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