Remittances And The Dutch Disease In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Dynamic Panel Approach
AbstractThis paper investigates the effect of remittance inflows on the real exchange rate in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) using annual data from 1980 to 2008 for 34 SSA countries, generalised method of moments by Arellano and Bover (1995) and feasible generalised least squares by Parks (1967) and Kmenta (1971, 1986). We find that when cross-sectional dependence and individual effects are controlled for, remittances to SSA as a whole appreciate the underlying real exchange rate of recipient countries. However the Dutch-disease effect is not experienced via the loss of export competitiveness, because the exchange rate appreciation is mitigated by monetary policy positioning and overdependence on imports due to low levels of domestic production in these countries. We also find reverse causality between remittances and the real exchange rate.
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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Dutch disease; remittances; real exchange rate; Sub-Saharan Africa;
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- Francis M. Kemegue & ReneÃ© van Eyden & Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere, 2011. "Remittances and the Dutch disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Dynamic Panel Approach," Working Papers 259, Economic Research Southern Africa.
- C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
- F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
- F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
- O55 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
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