Deposit Insurance, Remittances, and Dollarization : Survey-Based Evidence from a Top Remittance-Receiving Country

Author/Editor:

David A. Grigorian ; Maxym Kryshko

Publication Date:

June 8, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper uses a unique survey of remittance-receiving individuals from Tajikistan to study the impact of policy awareness on consumer behavior. The results show that knowledge of deposit insurance encourages the use of formal channels for transmitting remittances and reduces dollarization. Given the size and importance of remittances in Tajikistan, improving financial literacy and better publicizing details of the social safety net may encourage a more frequent use of formal channels for transferring remittances and reduce reliance on foreign exchange for transaction purposes. This is likely to improve bank profitability, enhance financial stability, and improve access to finance.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/132

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 8, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484300718/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017132

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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