European Parliament Library

Remittances :, An Automatic Output Stabilizer?, Dalia Hakura, Ralph Chami, Peter Montiel

Remittance flows appear to be falling worldwide for the first time in decades as a result of the ongoing financial turmoil. It is suspected that the drop in remittance income into developing and emerging markets will have a destabilizing effect on these economies. The paper estimates the impact of remittances on output stability for countries that are dependent on these income flows. Using a sample of 70 countries, including 16 advanced economies and 54 developing countries, we find robust evidence that remittances have a negative effect on output growth volatility of recipient countries. This result supports the notion that remittance flows are a stabilizing influence on output. Thus, the fall in remittances precipitated by the ongoing global financial crisis could potentially increase output variability in recipient countries. This would present a hard challenge for governments in those countries already suffering from the crisis: they must resort to an already stressed and limited set of policy instruments, such as fiscal policy, to counter the resulting adverse economic and social impacts of lower remittances
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Determinants of Growth Volatility; A. Exogenous Shocks; B. Persistent Country Characteristics; C. The Institutional Environment; D. Remittance Flows; III. Ordinary Least Squares Estimation; IV. Instrumental Variables Estimation; V. Generalized Method of Moments Dynamic Panel Estimation; VI. Testing for Nonlinear Effects; VII. An Application: Remittances and Output Stability in the Middle East and North Africa; VIII. Summary and Conclusions; Tables; 1. Output Volatility and Workers Remittances
Literary Form
non fiction
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (33 p.)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

Library Locations

  • EP Library Strasbourg

    7 Place Adrien Zeller, Allée du Printemps, Strasbourg, F-67070, FR
  • EP Library Brussels

    60 rue Wiertz, Brussels, B-1047, BE
  • EP Library Luxembourg

    Rue du Fort Thüngen, Luxembourg, L-1313, LU