Publication: Remittances and Vulnerability in Developing Countries
Presbitero, Andrea F.
This paper examines how international remittances are affected by structural characteristics, macroeconomic conditions, and adverse shocks in both source and recipient economies. The paper exploits a novel, rich panel data set, covering bilateral remittances from 103 Italian provinces to 87 developing countries over the period 2005-2011. Remittances are negatively correlated with the business cycle in recipient countries and increase especially strongly in response to adverse exogenous shocks, such as natural disasters or large terms-of-trade declines. Financial development in the source economy, which eases access to financial services for migrants and reduces transaction costs, is positively associated with remittances. Conversely, recipient-country financial development is negatively associated with remittances, suggesting that remittances help alleviate credit constraints.
Link to Data Set
“Bettin, Giulia; Presbitero, Andrea F.; Spatafora, Nikola. 2014. Remittances and Vulnerability in Developing Countries. Policy Research Working Paper;No. 6812. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://hdl.handle.net/10986/17727 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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