How effective are cash transfers in reducing poverty, compared to remittances?

Hagen-Zanker, Jessica and Leon Himmelstine, Carmen (2015) How effective are cash transfers in reducing poverty, compared to remittances? Social Policy and Society, 15 (1). pp. 29-42. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

Using a rigorous, evidence-focused review method, this literature review found elevenrelevant studies that directly compare the impacts of cash transfers and remittances on arange indicators of poverty at the household level. The evidence base is small and highly context specific. The external and internal validity of most studies are limited, so theconclusions that can be drawn from this review are tentative. However, in the majority of studies both cash transfers and remittances are shown to have positive impacts onreducing poverty. Overall, remittances seem to have stronger poverty-reducing impacts.There are a number of factors that seem to explain why remittances have a greater effect. In the studies reviewed here, remittances appear to reach both a greater share of the overall population than cash transfers and a greater share of poorer households. Furthermore,remittances were higher in value in the majority of studies reviewed. Further high-quality research is needed

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Carmen Guadalupe Leon Himmelstine
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2015 06:58
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54465

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