Working Paper

Policy Options for Increasing the Benefits of Remittances

Published 1 January 2004 / By Jørgen Carling

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Introduction

A timely question after several decades of research on the effects of remittances on development is under what circumstances and through which mechanisms the development impact of remittances is susceptible to policy intervention. This paper examines some of the foundations for sound remittances-related policy, drawing on insights from social scientific research on the dynamics of migration and transnational practices. In order to structure the discussion of foundations for policy, existing literature is used to set up a simple model of the relationships between remittances and development, and then to outline an inventory of policy measures.

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