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Do Remittances Reduce Poverty?

  • 2008-2012
  • Project
Schoumaker, Bruno, Universite Catholique de Louvain

Study: “Do Remittances Reduce Poverty? Evidence From Surveys in Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo”
PI(s): Schoumaker, Bruno
Affiliation(s): Universite Catholique de Louvain
Institutional Partner(s): AFD/IRD
Project Dates:
Start: 2008
End: 2012
Data Source(s): Cross-Sectional Data Collection (Migration between Africa and Europe (MAFE) Surveys)
Methods: MV Analysis
Geographic Location(s): Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo

At the macro level, recent research has demonstrated a positive impact of remittances on poverty reduction in developing countries. Research on the impacts of remittances at the household level has provided mixed results, with some finding that migration would increase inequalities, whereas others have found positive impacts of remittances on poverty reduction. The objective of the MAFE-CoDev project is to build upon this body of research and determine whether poor households are more or less likely to send migrants, using comparisons between Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and to assess whether poor households are more or less likely to benefit from remittances. This research has strong implications for policies linking migration and development.

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