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The effects of remittances on poverty and inequality: Evidence from rural southern Morocco

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In this paper, we examine the effect of migrants’ remittances on poverty and inequality. The survey data were collected in Morocco, in the rural areas of the region Souss-Massa-Draa. By applying an original approach, we estimate the counterfactual income of remittance-recipient households corresponding to a hypothetical value of its average income calculated for a scenario without remittances; this is then compared with its current income. We find that the poverty rate and the vulnerability of non-poor households are significantly dropped due to remittances. Our findings also suggest that remittance inflows have increased income inequality compared to the no-migration counterfactual situation.
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hal-01880333 , version 1 (24-09-2018)

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Jamal Bouoiyour, Amal Miftah. The effects of remittances on poverty and inequality: Evidence from rural southern Morocco. 2014. ⟨hal-01880333⟩
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