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The Impact of Remittances on Poverty and Human Capital : Evidence from Latin American Household Surveys

dc.contributor.authorAcosta, Pablo
dc.contributor.authorLopez, J. Humberto
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-07T15:15:47Z
dc.date.available2012-06-07T15:15:47Z
dc.date.issued2007-06
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the impact of remittances on poverty, education, and health in 11 Latin American countries using nationally representative household surveys and making an explicit attempt to account for one of the inherent costs associated with migration-the potential income that the migrant may have made at home. The main findings of the study are the following: (1) regardless of the counterfactual used remittances appear to lower poverty levels in most recipient countries; (2) yet despite this general tendency, the estimated impacts tend to be modest; and (3) there is significant country heterogeneity in the poverty reduction impact of remittances' flows. Among the aspects that have been identified in the paper that may lead to varying outcomes across countries are the percentage of households reporting remittances income, the share of remittances of recipient households belonging to the lowest quintiles of the income distribution, and the relative importance of remittances flows with respect to GDP. While remittances tend to have positive effects on education and health, this impact is often restricted to specific groups of the population.en
dc.identifierhttp://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2007/06/7694723/impact-remittances-poverty-human-capital-evidence-latin-american-household-surveys
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10986/7392
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherWorld Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy Research Working Paper; No. 4247
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holderWorld Bank
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subjectADULT EDUCATION
dc.subjectAMOUNT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectAMOUNTS OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectANNUAL GROWTH
dc.subjectBALANCE OF PAYMENTS
dc.subjectBENEFITS OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectCAPITA INCOME
dc.subjectCAPITA REMITTANCES
dc.subjectCAPITAL ACCUMULATION
dc.subjectCAPITAL FLOWS
dc.subjectCAPITAL MARKETS
dc.subjectCOUNTERFACTUAL
dc.subjectCOUNTRY CHARACTERISTICS
dc.subjectCOUNTRY SPECIFIC
dc.subjectCOUNTRY SPECIFICITY
dc.subjectCROSS COUNTRY
dc.subjectCROSS COUNTRY ANALYSES
dc.subjectCROSS COUNTRY PERSPECTIVE
dc.subjectDEPENDENT VARIABLE
dc.subjectDEVELOPING COUNTRIES
dc.subjectDEVELOPING WORLD
dc.subjectDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
dc.subjectDEVELOPMENT IMPACT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectDEVELOPMENT INDICATORS
dc.subjectDEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS
dc.subjectDISTRIBUTION OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES
dc.subjectEDUCATION LEVEL
dc.subjectEDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
dc.subjectEFFECT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectEFFECTS OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectEMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
dc.subjectEMPIRICAL RESULTS
dc.subjectESTIMATED COEFFICIENTS
dc.subjectEXCHANGE RATE
dc.subjectFINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS
dc.subjectFINANCIAL FLOWS
dc.subjectFINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
dc.subjectFINANCIAL MARKETS
dc.subjectFOREIGN EXCHANGE
dc.subjectFOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS
dc.subjectGLOBAL LEVEL
dc.subjectGROSS NATIONAL INCOME
dc.subjectGROWTH RATES
dc.subjectHEADCOUNT POVERTY
dc.subjectHEALTH OUTCOMES
dc.subjectHOME COUNTRIES
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD ASSETS
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD INCOME
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD LEVEL
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SIZE
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SURVEY
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SURVEY DATA
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD SURVEYS
dc.subjectHOUSEHOLD WELFARE
dc.subjectHUMAN CAPITAL
dc.subjectIMPACT OF MIGRATION
dc.subjectIMPACT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectIMPORTANCE OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectINCOME DIMENSION
dc.subjectINCOME DISTRIBUTION
dc.subjectINCREASE IN REMITTANCES
dc.subjectINEQUALITY LEVELS
dc.subjectLABOR SUPPLY
dc.subjectLATIN AMERICAN
dc.subjectLONG RUN
dc.subjectLOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
dc.subjectMACROECONOMIC EFFECTS
dc.subjectMIGRANT
dc.subjectMIGRANT NETWORKS
dc.subjectMIGRANTS
dc.subjectMIGRATION
dc.subjectMIGRATION PATTERNS
dc.subjectNATIONAL ACCOUNTS
dc.subjectNATIONAL POPULATION
dc.subjectNATIONAL POVERTY
dc.subjectNATIONAL POVERTY RATE
dc.subjectNUMBER OF CHILDREN
dc.subjectOFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
dc.subjectPER CAPITA INCOME
dc.subjectPER CAPITA INCOME LEVELS
dc.subjectPOINT ESTIMATES
dc.subjectPOLICY MAKERS
dc.subjectPOLICY RESEARCH
dc.subjectPOLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER
dc.subjectPOOR HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subjectPOTENTIAL MIGRANTS
dc.subjectPOVERTY EFFECTS
dc.subjectPOVERTY IMPACT
dc.subjectPOVERTY INDICATORS
dc.subjectPOVERTY LEVELS
dc.subjectPOVERTY LINE
dc.subjectPOVERTY LINES
dc.subjectPOVERTY MEASURE
dc.subjectPOVERTY RATE
dc.subjectPOVERTY RATES
dc.subjectPOVERTY REDUCING
dc.subjectPOVERTY REDUCTION
dc.subjectPOVERTY STATUS
dc.subjectPRACTITIONERS
dc.subjectPROGRESS
dc.subjectRECIPIENT COUNTRIES
dc.subjectRECIPIENT HOUSEHOLDS
dc.subjectRECIPIENT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectRECIPIENTS OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectRELATIVE IMPORTANCE
dc.subjectREMITTANCE
dc.subjectREMITTANCE RECIPIENTS
dc.subjectREMITTANCES
dc.subjectREMITTANCES FLOWS
dc.subjectRESPECT
dc.subjectSELECTION BIAS
dc.subjectSIGNIFICANT IMPACT
dc.subjectSIMULATIONS
dc.subjectTOTAL AMOUNT OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
dc.subjectVOLUME OF REMITTANCES
dc.subjectWORKERS REMITTANCES
dc.titleThe Impact of Remittances on Poverty and Human Capital : Evidence from Latin American Household Surveysen
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okr.doctypePublications & Research::Policy Research Working Paper
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okr.docurlhttp://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2007/06/7694723/impact-remittances-poverty-human-capital-evidence-latin-american-household-surveys
okr.globalpracticeMacroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpracticePoverty
okr.globalpracticeFinance and Markets
okr.globalpracticeHealth, Nutrition, and Population
okr.identifier.doi10.1596/1813-9450-4247
okr.identifier.externaldocumentum000016406_20070607103130
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum7694723
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okr.region.administrativeLatin America & Caribbean
okr.topicMacroeconomics and Economic Growth::Remittances
okr.topicPoverty Reduction::Achieving Shared Growth
okr.topicPoverty Monitoring and Analysis
okr.topicHealth, Nutrition and Population::Population Policies
okr.topicPoverty Reduction::Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping
okr.unitDevelopment Research Group (DECRG)
okr.volume1 of 1
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