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The Financial Crisis, Oil Price Hike, the Arab Spring and Foreign Demand for Filipino Workers

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  • Edita A. Tan

    (School of Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman)

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    The paper inquires into the impact of contemporary major world events – the recession in the United States and Western Europe, the oil price hike, and the Arab Spring – on the flow of overseas Filipino workers or OFWs and their remittances. The paper finds that the recession in the West has not spread worldwide for its share in world trade has declined significantly since the 1980s. The oil exporting countries gained from the oil price hike and there are now many more economies that have achieved appreciable growth which they have been able to sustain up to the present, e.g. the Asian tigers, BRICs, Botswana. On the other hand, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria are minor employers of Filipino workers. Expectedly, the varied economic performance of the world economies has had differential impact on demand for migrant workers. The OFWs have found employment in varied occupations in varied destinations with the large majority in the Middle East and East Asia which have not been negatively affected by the Western recession. Many are also in service occupations that did not suffer as much decline in demand as in other occupations. The paper provides some empirical support to these findings.

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    Paper provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics in its series UP School of Economics Discussion Papers with number 201211.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2012
    Publication status: Published as UPSE Discussion Paper No. 2012-11, August 2012
    Handle: RePEc:phs:dpaper:201211
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    1. Geoffrey Ducanes, 2010. "The Case of the Missing Remittances in the FIES : Could it be causing us to mismeasure welfare changes?," UP School of Economics Discussion Papers 201004, University of the Philippines School of Economics.
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