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The Responsiveness of Remittances to the Oil Price: The Case of the GCC

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  • Naufal, George S

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    (American University of Sharjah)

  • Termos, Ali

    ()
    (American University of Sharjah)

Abstract

We investigate the responsiveness of remittances from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to the changes in the price of crude oil. Most of the GCC countries rank in the top 20 remitting countries in the world. We find that oil price elasticity of remittances is around 0.4. While most studies have examined the impact of remittances on the real economic activities in the receiving countries, this study emphasises the impact of remittances on the remitting countries. We examine various policy implications with regard to macroeconomic shocks, monetary policy and fiscal policy of the GCC countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4277.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Publication status: published in: OPEC Energy Review, 2009, 33 (3/4), 184-197
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Keywords: oil price; remittances; elasticity; GCC;

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  1. Marzovilla, Olga, 2010. "Impact of global economic imbalance on migrant workers and economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council," MPRA Paper 24210, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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