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A Link Between Workers' Remittances and Business Cycles in Germany and Turkey

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  • Åule Akkoyunlu
  • Konstantin A. Kholodilin

This paper examines the cyclical interactions between the remittances of Turkish workers in Germany and output in both Turkey and Germany. Our analysis introduces a new data set covering 1962 to 2004, never used before in the research literature and considered to be a more reliable source than the data sets used in other studies. By dividing the original sample into recruitment, family reunification, and naturalization periods, we show that the duration of migrants' stay in the host country affects the direction and strength of the relation between remittances and the host and home countries' business cycles.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 23-40

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