Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making Among Agricultural Households: An Introduction

The Journal of Development Studies, 2009

Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

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Date Written: December 16, 2009

Abstract

The increasing volume of remittances and public transfers in rural areas of the developing world has raised hopes that these 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. The seven papers in this special issue systematically test the relationship between transfers and productive spending amongst rural households in six different countries. Overall, the studies embrace a less optimistic view of the role of migration and public and private transfers on agriculture, with migration as facilitating a transition away from agriculture or to models of less labour intensive agriculture.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Carletto, Calogero and Davis, Benjamin, Migration, Transfers and Economic Decision Making Among Agricultural Households: An Introduction (December 16, 2009). The Journal of Development Studies, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307480

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