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The Impact of Remittances on Investment and Poverty in Ghana

  • Adams, Richard H.
  • Cuecuecha, Alfredo

This paper analyzes the impact of internal remittances (from Ghana) and international remittances (from African or other countries) on investment and poverty in Ghana. It has three findings. First, when compared to what they would have spent without the receipt of remittances, households receiving remittances spend less at the margin on food. Second, households receiving remittances spend more at the margin on three investment goods: education, housing, and health. Third, the receipt of remittances greatly reduces likelihood of household poverty. These findings support the growing view that remittances can reduce poverty and increase investment in developing countries.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 50 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 24-40

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