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Remittances and the Macroeconomy: The Case of Small Island Developing States

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

    (Department of Economics, San Diego State University)

  • Susan Pozo

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    (Department of Economics, Western Michigan University)

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In this paper we examine how remittances relate to the exchange rate, natural disasters and foreign aid in developing economies. By using panel VAR methods we are able to compensate for both data limitations and endogeneity among variables. We find that while foreign aid tends to appreciate the real exchange rate, remittances do not have the same impact. We also detect an inverse relationship between the real exchange rate and remittance amounts, with real exchange rate depreciation increasing remittance inflows. Of particular interest is the observation that the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) subsample of countries behave differently from the full sample of Developing Countries (DC) in a number of ways. Of note is the differing impact of disaster shocks on the real exchange rate and on the level of remittances across the two samples.

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Paper provided by San Diego State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0018.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:sds:wpaper:0018

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  1. Adenutsi, Deodat E. & Aziakpono, Meshach J. & Ocran, Matthew K., 2011. "The changing impact of macroeconomic environment on remittance inflows in sub-Saharan Africa," MPRA Paper 37067, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Giulia Bettin & Andrea Presbitero & Nicola Spatafora, 2014. "Remittances and Vulnerability in Developing Countries," IMF Working Papers 14/13, International Monetary Fund.

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