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Remittances, inequality and poverty in Pakistan: macro and microeconomic Evidence

Abstract : This paper studies the impact of remittance incidence on inequality and poverty in Pakistan. Using the 2005-06 and 2007-08 Household Integrated Economic Survey data, we find that remittances substantially lower the poverty headcount, as well as the depth and severity of poverty. Foreign remittances have also a beneficial effect on economic inequality in Pakistan. The contribution of foreign remittances in poverty alleviation and inequality reduction is much stronger than that of internal remittances. Time series analysis for the period 1979 – 2007 suggests that among the three main remittance-sending regions, remittances from North America have the strongest equalizing effect in Pakistan.
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Amar Iqbal Anwar, Mazhar Yasin Mughal. Remittances, inequality and poverty in Pakistan: macro and microeconomic Evidence. 2012. ⟨hal-01885153⟩

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