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Harnessing international remittances for financial development: The role of monetary policy

Haruna, Issahaku (2019): Harnessing international remittances for financial development: The role of monetary policy. Published in: Ghana Journal of Development Studies , Vol. 16, No. 2 (30 July 2019): pp. 113-137.

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Abstract

This study investigates how remittances and monetary policy independently and interactively shape the financial system of developing countries. It employs single equation instrumental variable based estimation procedures to test the hypothesis that, to boost financial development, remittances require a complementary domestic monetary policy framework which ensures price stability while limiting price distortions. The results show that remittances stimulate financial development only in countries with a favourable monetary environment. Building on these results and employing various indicators of financial development, the results suggest that remittances rise to cushion migrant households from the repercussions of poor financial intermediation, weak institutions and unfavourable business environment in the home country. By extension, the findings are germane to monetary and financial policy in developing countries.

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