Essays on Foreign Aid, Remittances and Political Change

Essays on Foreign Aid, Remittances and Political Change

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The first chapter presents evidence for international migration to have played a significant role in the Mexican democratization process. It argues that the non-taxability of remittances reduces an incumbent government's ability to maintain political patronage systems and, as a result, elections will become more competitive. The empirical results, using data from municipal elections in Mexico, support this theory. Estimating an instrumental variable probit model, I find that remittances significantly increase the probability of a party in opposition to the former state party PRI to win in a municipal election. Moving from the first to the third quartile of the remittances measure increases that probability in previously state party ruled towns by more than 15% when party preferences are controlled for.The main conclusions of our paper appear somewhat contradictory: (1) the data are terrible, and (2) the patterns the ... Also, we hope that as researchers publish findings based on the currently available flawed data, additional data collectionanbsp;...

Title:Essays on Foreign Aid, Remittances and Political Change
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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