Remittances and Macroeconomic Volatility in African Countries

Author/Editor:

Ahmat Jidoud

Publication Date:

March 2, 2015

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Summary:

This paper investigates the channels through which remittances affect macroeconomic volatility in African countries using a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model augmented with financial frictions. Empirical results indicate that remittances—as a share of GDP—have a significant smoothing impact on output volatility but their impact on consumption volatility is somewhat small. Furthermore, remittances are found to absorb a substantial amount of GDP shocks in these countries. An investigation of the theoretical channels shows that the stabilization impact of remittances essentially hinges on two channels: (i) the size of the negative wealth effect on labor supply induced by remittances and, (ii) the strength of financial frictions and the ability of remittances to alleviate these frictions.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 2, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498300940/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015049

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

37

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