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dc.contributor.author Poirine, Bernard en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-30T00:20:19Z en_US
dc.date.available 2009-10-30T00:20:19Z en_US
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Poirine, B. 1998. Should We Hate or Love MIRAB? The Contemporary Pacific 10 (1): 65-105. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13198 en_US
dc.description.abstract Bertram and Watters defined the mirab model (Migration, Remittances, Aid, and Bureaucracy) as a development process where remittances and foreign aid are the main resources of small island economies. Bertram suggested that it is a perfectly “sustainable” development strategy, as long as the “rent” from remittances and international aid continues. But there is a great reluctance on the part of officials and economists to accept the model as valid and sustainable. To them, it does not seem right to live off international aid and migrant remittances. A favorable case can be made for mirab. Pacific Island peoples and governments should not feel guilty about accepting aid and remittances, because such “external resources” may be seen as representing revenues from invisible exports to industrialized countries. By exporting labor and geostrategic services, small Pacific Island states make the best use of the only comparative advantage they may have in international trade. Donor countries and migrant host countries also gain from this arrangement. In this paper, I look at reasons why some people hate mirab, then show why everyone should love mirab. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject aid en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.subject remittances en_US
dc.subject small island states en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Should We Hate or Love MIRAB? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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