Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships

@article{EscribFolch2018RemittancesAP,
  title={Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships},
  author={Abel Escrib{\`a}-Folch and Covadonga Meseguer and Joseph G Wright},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2018}
}
Remittances - money migrant workers send back home - are the second largest source of international financial flows in developing countries. As with other sources of international finance, such as foreign direct investment and foreign aid, worker remittances shape politics in recipient countries. We examine the political consequences of remittances by exploring how they influence anti-government protest behavior. While recent research argues that remittances have a pernicious effect on politics… 

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