Foreign Remittances and Economic Growth in Pakistan: An empirical investigation
This paper investigates the impact of foreign remittances on economic growth of Pakistan. We use secondary time series data for the period of 1978 to 2011. The multiple regression analysis is used to identify the relationship among the variables. GDP is taken as dependent variable while foreign remittances, FDI, inflation and exchange rate as independent variables. Augmented Dickey Fuller (ADF) test is used to check the stationary of variables and all variables found stationary at level. Ordinary Least Squares technique is applied to check the relation among these variables. Results indicate that foreign remittances have positive and significant relation with GDP of Pakistan while inflation and exchange rate has negative effect on economic growth. Foreign direct investment has positive but insignificant relation with GDP of Pakistan. One percent increase in foreign remittances will raise GDP by 0.25 percent. Our model is free from hetroskedasticity and autocorrelation with satisfactory functional form that suggests the stability of our model. The CUSUM and CUSUMSQ are showing that our model is structurally stable within the 5% of critical bounds. Pakistan needs stable and visionary government to enhance foreign capital inflow to boost investment and economic growth
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