Presentation on theme: "Survival in Mexico: Remittances and Social Assistance among Children and Women Left-Behind* ODI-UNICEF Conference November 10-11, London England Jeronimo."— Presentation transcript:
Survival in Mexico: Remittances and Social Assistance among Children and Women Left-Behind* ODI-UNICEF Conference November 10-11, London England Jeronimo Cortina *The views expressed here are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the University of Houston or of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Logic of the talk
The case of Mexico
Alternative strategies 1.Households adjust their consumption patterns Cut back on childrens education and non- emergency health related expenses Increase households labor supply 2.Turn to the states safety net, to smooth out some of their liquidity constraints
What are the implications? Consumption Decrease human capital Perpetuate poverty cycle Social assistance Fiscally strained governments Changes in tax policies
Research questions 1.Are remittance recipient households more or less likely to have received social assistance before the crisis started or one year after it began? 1.One year after the crisis, is the responsiveness of social assistance conditional on remittances?
Before and after… % of social assistance of total current income % households receiving remittances
Data: 2006 and 2008 national income and expenditure surveys Outcome variable: amount received in social assistance at the household level over a three-month period Includes: Oportunidades, Procampo and Adulto Mayores for 2008 Predictor: amount of remittances received in a particular household over a three-month period Controls: household income, educational attainment, access to health services, basic dwelling characteristics, access to basic public services, food security, and social cohesion, average household employment level, the number of women and children living in the household, female-headed households, degree of development
Are remittance-recipient households more or less likely to receive social assistance? Remittance Non-remittances Rural Urban Urban
Is the responsiveness of social assistance conditional on remittances (2008)? (1)(2)(3) VariableLow Development Medium Development High Development Remittance Income-0.312***0.127*0.230 (0.116)(0.0772)(0.148) # of Females164.9*** (35.33)(65.98)(90.39) # of Children < 18 yrs ***147.2**275.2** (33.44)(59.58)(130.0) Female-Headed HH576.7**-572.2* (247.9)(294.4)(299.0)
What do these findings mean in the context of the present economic crisis? 1.One year after the economic crisis became apparent, remittance-recipient, female-headed households that include children under 18 years of age were more likely to receive social assistance from the government than in 2006, a year before the economic crisis began. 1.Controlling for the determinants of social assistance, rural remittance-recipient households in low development areas were significantly less likely to receive social assistance in comparison to non-remittance recipient households.
What are the implications for the Mexican government and families left-behind? National government Macroeconomic effects mediated through the balance of payments Mexico will face an increase in its fiscal burden due to the growth in the demand for social assistance by remittance-recipient households especially those headed by women with children. Left-behind Increase the proportion of people living in poverty. The effects of a financial crisis on remittances, moreover, will be more evident among households that are extremely dependent on remittances and those that reside in non-traditional migrant regions
Challenges Creative policies that take into account both sides of the equation: the determinants of the supply of and the demand for remittances Co-development strategies between countries of origin and destination in general and between Mexico and the United States in particular, to reduce social, economic, educational and health inequalities between them should be the basis for incorporating migration, its causes, and consequences into countries developmental strategies that aim to maximize migrations developmental potentials.