Are Workers' Remittances a Hedge Against Macroeconomic Shocks? The Case of Sri Lanka

 
Author/Editor: Lueth, Erik ; Ruiz-Arranz, Marta
 
Publication Date: February 01, 2007
 
 
Summary: We estimate a vector error correction (VEC) model for Sri Lanka to determine the response of remittance receipts to macroeconomic shocks. This is the first attempt of its kind in the literature. We find that remittance receipts are procyclical and decline when the island's currency weakens, undermining their usefulness as shock absorber. On the other hand, remittances increase in response to oil price shocks, reflecting the fact that most overseas. Sri Lankan are employed in the Gulf states. The procyclicality of remittances calls into question the notion that remittances are largely motivated by altruism.
 
Subject(s): Workers remittances | Sri Lanka | Business cycles | Economic conditions | Economic models

Author's Keyword(s): Workers' remittances | cyclicality | macroeconomic shock | Vector Error Correction Model
 
English
Publication Date: February 01, 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2007022 Pages: 14
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