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Remittances and Inequality

Gabriel Gonzalez-Konig () and Quentin Wodon
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Gabriel Gonzalez-Konig: Department of Economics and Finance, Universidad de Guanajuato

No EC200506, Department of Economics and Finance Working Papers from Universidad de Guanajuato, Department of Economics and Finance

Abstract: The impact of remittances on inequality is uncertain a priori. However, at the margin, remittances are likely to be more inequality increasing (or less inequality decreasing) in poorer as opposed to richer areas. This is suggested with a simple theoretical model, and tested empirically using survey-based estimates of the Gini income elasticity of remittances in Honduras. The results are robust to alternative distribution weights used for measuring inequality.

Keywords: Migration; Remittances; Income Distribution. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2005-03
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