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Sending money home in times of crime: the case of Mexico

Meseguer, Covadonga, Ley, Sandra and Ibarra-Olivo, J. Eduardo (2017) Sending money home in times of crime: the case of Mexico. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1369-183X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1300052

Abstract

We explore at the municipality level how the climate of criminal violence has affected the flow of remittances to Mexico. Using a panel of municipalities in the years 2006 and 2010, we find that drug-related crimes and overall rates of homicides have reduced the percentage of families that receive remittances. This result is robust to controlling for net migration, political variables, and traditional socioeconomic explanations of remittance sending. It is also robust to potential threats to validity. We interpret this result as suggestive of self-interested concerns when sending money home amidst a climate of rampant violence. Nonetheless, mixed motivations to remit are evident in our analysis.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjms20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Geography & Environment
International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 11:28
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 02:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70907

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