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Mexico’s agricultural assistance program is inadvertently subsidizing migration to the U.S.

Cortina, Jeronimo (2014) Mexico’s agricultural assistance program is inadvertently subsidizing migration to the U.S. LSE American Politics and Policy (23 Apr 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

For those Mexicans that choose to do so, migration to the U.S. can be both incredibly costly and risky. But with annual wages less than a third the cost of migration, how are migrants able to afford to do so? Jeronimo Cortina looks at the role of Mexico’s Procampo agricultural assistance program, finding that its cash transfers are inadvertently encouraging many Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S. He argues that for the subsidy to achieve its purpose, then it must be conditional, or that instead, the Mexican government should create a regional structural fund aimed at rural counties in which migration is not yet prevalent to provide incentives to transform idle arable land into a productive investment, thus minimizing migratory pressures.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 10:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58839

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