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The U.S.-Guatemala Remittance Corridor : Understanding Better the Drivers of Remittances Intermediation


  • Hela Cheikhrouhou
  • Rodrigo Jarque
  • Raúl Hernández-Coss
  • Radwa El-Swaify


This study reports on recent development and future potential for U.S.-based Guatemalan workers cross-border retail transfers to be more formal, cheaper, and disposed to the cross-sale of financial products and services. It also presents the key features of remittances senders, recipients, instruments, and intermediaries involved. The paper focuses on three areas: (a) the main characteristics of the Guatemalan migrants in the United States and the key drivers behind their decision to remit money and to choose an intermediary; (b) financial infrastructure supporting U.S.-Guatemala remittances processing, especially the role of technology, payment systems and innovations going forward, as avenues to help lower transaction costs, among others; and (c) the landscape of workers remittances distribution in Guatemala, examines the characteristics of recipients and the evidence of remittances impact, and analyzes the indications of potential for cross-sale of financial services to recipients.

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  • Hela Cheikhrouhou & Rodrigo Jarque & Raúl Hernández-Coss & Radwa El-Swaify, 2006. "The U.S.-Guatemala Remittance Corridor : Understanding Better the Drivers of Remittances Intermediation," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7172, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:7172

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    1. Ralph Chami & Connel Fullenkamp & Samir Jahjah, 2005. "Are Immigrant Remittance Flows a Source of Capital for Development?," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 52(1), pages 55-81, April.
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    1. World Bank, 2008. "Local Gains from Global Opportunities : Improving Central America's Investment Climate," World Bank Other Operational Studies 7959, The World Bank.


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