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Are Immigrant Remittance Flows a Source of Capital for Development

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  • Samir Jahjah
  • Ralph Chami
  • Connel Fullenkamp

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The role of remittances in development and economic growth is not well understood. This is partly because the literatures on the causes and effects of remittances remain separate. We develop a framework that links the motivation for remittances with their effect on economic activity. Because remittances take place under asymmetric information and economic uncertainty, there exists a significant moral hazard problem. The implication is that remittances have a negative effect on economic growth. We test this prediction using panel methods on a large sample of countries. The results indicate that remittances do have a negative effect on economic growth, which indicates that the moral hazard problem in remittances is severe.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
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Keywords: Moral hazard; Economic growth; Capital flows; Salary remittances; remittances; worker; worker remittances; migration; remittance; wages; migrant; effects of remittances; workers ? remittances; wage; remitter; impact of remittances; uses of remittances; data on remittances; benefits; effect of remittances; remittance flows; remittance transfers; role of remittances; remitters; increase in remittances; recipients of remittances; compensation; private transfers; international remittances; migrant remittances; growth rate of remittances; remittance inflows; labor income; absence of remittances; wage rates; migrant workers ? remittances; migrants ? remittances; compensation of employees; remittances data; remittance arrangements; benefits of remittances; emigrant remittances; remittance transfer; immigrant remittance; wage rate; fixed ? remittances; uses of remittance; fixed remittances; inflow of remittances;

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