Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making among Agricultural Households by Calogero CarlettoMigration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making among Agricultural Households by Calogero Carletto

Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making among Agricultural Households

EditorCalogero Carletto, Benjamin Davis, Paul Winters

Hardcover | August 19, 2010

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The increasing volume of remittances and public transfers in rural areas of the developing world has raised hopes that these cash inflows may serve as an effective mechanism for reducing poverty in the long term by facilitating investments and raising productivity, particularly in agriculture where market failures are most manifest. This book systematically tests the empirical relationship between cash transfers and productive spending in agriculture amongst rural households in six different countries of the developing world. Together, the studies point to little impact of migration and public and private transfers on agricultural productivity, instead facilitating a transition away from agriculture or to a less labour intensive type of agriculture.

From a policy perspective the studies raise the question of how to maintain rural economies, as migration and social assistance are unlikely to provide a sustainable way to overcome rural poverty in the long run for those that remain in rural areas. For the foreseeable future, agriculture will play an important role in alleviating poverty and sustaining growth in rural areas. Yet, public and private transfers are not providing much of the impetus needed to raise the sector's productivity. Whether the transfers are invested in agriculture will ultimately depend on the attractiveness of the sector, which is largely determined by the policies of governments and donors.

This book was published as a special issue of theJournal of Development Studies.

Calogero Carlettois a Senior Economist with the Development Research Group at the World Bank. His research interests include poverty, migration and rural development, as well as methodological issues in data collection.Benjamin Davisis Senior Economist with the Agricultural Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Org...
Title:Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making among Agricultural HouseholdsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 19, 2010Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041549513X

ISBN - 13:9780415495134


Table of Contents

1. Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making among Agricultural Households: an Introduction Benjamin Davis,Gero Carletto andPaul C. Winters 2. The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Consumption and Investment in Nicaragua John A. Maluccio 3. Conditional Cash Transfers and Agricultural Production: Lessons from the Oportunidades Experience in Mexico Jessica Erin Todd,Paul C. Winters andTom Hertz 4. Does Migration Make Rural Households More Productive? Evidence from Mexico J.Edward Taylor andAlejandro Lopez-Feldman 5. Moving Forward, Looking Back: the Impact of Migration and Remittances on Assets, Consumption, and Credit Constraints in the Rural Philippines Agnes QuisumbingandScott McNiven 6. Seasonal Migration and Agricultural  Production in VietnamAlan de Brauw 7. The Vanishing Farms? The Impact of International Migration on Albanian Family Farming Juna Miluka,Gero Carletto,Benjamin DavisandAlberto Zezza 8. Agricultural Land Use and Asset Accumulation in  Migrant Households: the Case of El SalvadorAmy Lynne Damon