Role of Financial Sector in the Remittances-Growth Nexus in Fiji

Hong Chen, Tiru Jayaraman

Abstract

Amongst the three kinds of non-debt creating capital transfers, welcomed by capital-short Pacific island countries (PICs) for supplementing their limited domestic savings, remittances presently top the list, the other two being foreign aid and foreign direct investment. Remittances help poor families, reducing poverty. In the long run, however, the contribution of remittances to growth in output and economic development is contingent upon financial sector development (FSD). PICs are now fostering financial sector development by promoting greater financial inclusion. This paper seeks to assess the role of FSD in the nexus between remittances and output by undertaking an empirical study of Fiji.

Keywords

Remittances; financial sector development; output; Fiji; cointegration

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