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Remittances and Poverty Linkages in Pakistan: Evidence and Some Suggestions for Further Analysis

  • Mohammad Irfan

    (Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.)

Global remittances experienced a dramatic increase over the years, particularly since 1990 wherein the developing world emerged to be the major beneficiary accounting for 60 percent of the total amount. Because of the sheer volume, and magnitude of the remittances, and pre-eminence of these flows compared to the FDIs, development assistance and in some cases the trade related transactions, the development practitioners tended to focus and investigate the importance of remittances which are generally regarded as a dependable source for growth, improved welfare and poverty alleviation in the developing world. Given the fact that remittances flows entail wide ranging ramifications both for sending as well as receiving countries, difficult to be generalised, hence empirical evidence has been mounted though lack of consensus is visible.

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Paper provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its series PIDE-Working Papers with number 2011:78.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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