Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/222277
Authors: 
Arapi-Gjini, Arjola
Möllers, Judith
Herzfeld, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2020
Citation: 
[Journal:] Eastern European Economics [Volume:] 58 [Issue:] 4 [Year:] 2020 [Pages:] 283-308 [ISSN:] 1557-9298
Abstract: 
This paper investigates dynamic effects of remittances on households’ poverty and income distribution. Using state-of-the-art matching techniques, we measure impacts based on counterfactual scenarios, and make a step forward by applying for the first time a dose-response function approach to assess poverty effects due to variations in the time-length of receiving remittances. Our results suggest that remittances alleviate both absolute and relative poverty levels and lead to a marginal increase in inequality in the case of Kosovo. We further demonstrate that – although poverty reduction effects are stronger in the short-run – remittances have a positive poverty reduction effect over time. These findings have important welfare policy implications for low- and middle income economies with a high dependency on remittances.
Subjects: 
poverty
inequality
migration
remittances
dose-response function
Kosovo
JEL: 
D10
D31
I32
J61
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Published Version

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