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    Emigration, social remittances and fiscal policy preferences: experimental evidence from Mexico

    López García, A.I. and Berens, S. and Maydom, Barry (2023) Emigration, social remittances and fiscal policy preferences: experimental evidence from Mexico. Comparative Political Studies , ISSN 0010-4140.

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    How does emigration affect tax preferences in migrant-sending countries? Experiencing public services in a high tax-capacity destination may reduce support for tax increases by throwing fiscal failure at home into stark relief (the socialization hypothesis). Alternatively, migrants’ exclusion from certain public services may increase desire to fund these services in migrant origin countries (the exclusion hypothesis). We test these competing hypotheses with an online survey experiment in Mexico and explore variation in US healthcare access on fiscal policy preferences of migrant households. Migrant households, especially those with returned migrant members, are more supportive of taxation when tax revenue is earmarked for healthcare, a service to which many Mexican immigrants in the US lack access. It is migrants’ exclusion from, rather than their socialization into, the fiscal contract in destination countries that influences fiscal policy preferences in their countries of origin.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): migration, Latin America, taxation, fiscal policy, social remittances
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Barry Maydom
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 16:28
    Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 09:52


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