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The Contribution of Workers’Remittances to Economic Growth in Pakistan

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  • Zafar Iqbal

    (IMF Resident Mission, Islamabad)

  • Abdus Sattar

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad)

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    This study attempts to provide an analytical answer to the important economic issue of whether workers’ remittances contributed to economic growth in Pakistan during the period 1972-73 to 2002-03. The quantitative evidence shows that workers’ remittances appeared to be an important source of economic growth. Other sources of growth were the public and private investment. Alternatively, there are a few factors like inflation rate, external debt, and deterioration in the terms of trade that affected country’s economic growth adversely.

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    Paper provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its series PIDE-Working Papers with number 2005:187.

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    Length: 29 pages
    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:pid:wpaper:2005:187

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    1. Ali, Sharafat, 2014. "Inflation, Income Inequality and Economic Growth in Pakistan: A Cointegration Analysis," MPRA Paper 53706, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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