Do Migrants Improve Their Hometowns? Remittances and Access to Public Services in Mexico, 1995-2000

  title={Do Migrants Improve Their Hometowns? Remittances and Access to Public Services in Mexico, 1995-2000},
  author={Claire L. Adida and Desha M. Girod},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={27 - 3}
How do citizens in developing countries access public services? Scholars study this question by emphasizing the role of government, measuring government performance as household access to public services, such as clean water and sanitation. However, the authors argue that the state does not hold a monopoly on provision of such utilities: Citizens in developing countries often turn to nonstate providers for basic utilities. In Mexico, the authors find that direct money transfers from migrants… Expand

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