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Remittances and Development : Lessons from Latin America

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  • Pablo Fajnzylber
  • J. Humberto López
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    There are four main messages that emerge from this book. First, no matter how authors look at the issue, remittances are extremely important in the Latin American context. With remittances estimated to have topped more than US$50 billion in 2006, Latin America is now the main destination of these flows. Second, remittances generate a number of important positive contributions to economic development. In particular, they tend to reduce poverty and inequality in recipient countries, as well as increase aggregate investment and growth. Third, even though remittances have a positive impact on the development indicators of the recipient economies, the magnitude of the estimated changes tends to be modest. Fourth, policy makers may take actions to enhance the development impact of remittances. One important message of this book is that the way countries benefit from remittances appears to be positively related to the countries' own institutional and macroeconomic environments.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 6911 and published in 2008.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-6870-1
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    Keywords: Public Sector Economics Infrastructure Economics and Finance - Infrastructure Economics Banks and Banking Reform Transport Economics Policy and Planning Finance and Financial Sector Development - Non Bank Financial Institutions Public Sector Development Transport;

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    Cited by:
    1. Pablo A. Acosta & Emmanuel K.K. Lartey & Federico S. Mandelman, 2007. "Remittances and the Dutch disease," Working Paper 2007-08, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
    2. Ganesh Seshan & Dean Yang, 2014. "Motivating Migrants: A Field Experiment on Financial Decision-Making in Transnational Households," NBER Working Papers 19805, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Dorothee Crayen & Christa Hainz & Christiane Ströh de Martinez, 2010. "Remittances, Banking Status and the Usage of Insurance Schemes," CESifo Working Paper Series 3117, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. Luis E. Arango & Dolores de la Mata & Nataly Obando, 2014. "Echoes of the crises in Spain and US in the Colombian labor market: a differences-in-differences approach," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 011837, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
    5. Taiwo Ajilore & Sylvanus Ikhide, 2012. "A Bounds Testing Analysis of Migrants Remittances and Financial Development in Selected Sub-Sahara African Countries," The Review of Finance and Banking, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti, Romania / Facultatea de Finante, Asigurari, Banci si Burse de Valori / Catedra de Finante, vol. 4(2), pages 079-096, December.
    6. Eduardo Rodríguez-Montemayor & Pablo M. García, 2009. "A Primer of International Migration: The Latin American Experience," IDB Publications 9327, Inter-American Development Bank.
    7. Gray Molina, George & Yañez, Ernesto, 2009. "The Moving Middle: Migration, Place Premiums and Human Development in Bolivia," MPRA Paper 19229, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. López-Videla, Bruno & Machuca, Carlos Emilio, 2014. "The Effects of Remittances on Poverty at the Household Level in Bolivia: A Propensity Score Matching Approach," MPRA Paper 55201, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Acosta, Pablo & Kim, Namsuk & Melzer, Illana & Mendoza, Ronald U. & Thelen, Nina, 2011. "Business and human development in the base of the pyramid: Exploring challenges and opportunities with market heat maps," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 50-60, January.
    10. Augusto de la Torre & Eduardo Levy Yeyati & Samuel Pienknagura, . "Latin America’s Deceleration and the Exchange Rate Buffer : LAC Semiannual Report, October 2013," World Bank Other Operational Studies 16107, The World Bank.
    11. Martin-Mayoral, Fernando & Proaño, Maria Belén, 2012. "Las remesas en América Latina, ¿amenaza u oportunidad?
      [Remittances in Latin America, a threat or an opportunity?]
      ," MPRA Paper 43730, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Abida Zouheir & Imen Mohamed Sghaier, 2014. "Remittances, Financial Development and Economic Growth: The Case of North African Countries," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 17(51), pages 137-170, March.
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    14. Jeffrey A. Edwards & Jennis J. Biser, 2011. "The interactive effect of remittances and civil liberties on investment and consumption," International Journal of Development Issues, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 10(1), pages 20-33, April.
    15. Garcia, Pablo M & Rodriguez-Montemayor, Eduardo, 2010. "A primer of international migration: The Latin American experience and a proposal for a research agenda," MPRA Paper 24147, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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