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Remittance and domestic labor productivity: evidence from remittance recipient countries

Al Mamun, Md. and Sohag, Kazi and Uddin, Gazi Salah and Shahbaz, Muhammad (2015): Remittance and domestic labor productivity: evidence from remittance recipient countries.

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For countries with significant labor force like China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. any long-run growth strategy should focus on augmenting the domestic labor productivity. The advent of globalization and factor mobility has given a recipe to reap up gains from labor abundance for most of the labor abundant countries by strategically converting abundant labor into capital. However, remittance inflow may become counterproductive strategy for growth, if it is viewed within the work-leisure framework. Using heterogeneous non-stationary panel data with cross-sectional bias this empirical study explores the best fitted estimator to explain remittance and labor productivity dynamics for 21 top remittance recipient countries of the world. Our results suggest that though remittance has a positive impact on domestic labor productivity; however, there is new evidence that such impact diminishes after certain level.

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