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Remittances, Inequality and Poverty: Evidence from Rural Mexico

  • Author(s): Taylor, J. Edward
  • Mora, Jorge
  • Adams, Richard
  • Lopez-Feldman, Alejandro
  • et al.

Economic research has produced conflicting findings on the distributional impacts of migrant remittances, and there has been little research on the effects of changes in remittances on poverty. This paper utilizes new data from the Mexico National Rural Household Survey, together with inequality and poverty decomposition techniques, to explore the impacts of remittances on rural inequality and poverty. Our findings suggest that remmittances from international migrants become more equalizing (or less unequalizing), as well as more effective at reducing poverty, as the prevalence of migration increases.

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