Workers' Remittances and International Risk-Sharing

M. Hadzi-Vaskov

Research output: Working paperAcademic


One of the most important potential benefits from the process of international financial integration is the opportunity it offers for diversification of macroeconomic risks internationally. In turn, the cross- border diversification of portfolio holdings is widely considered to be the major driving force behind this process. The present paper offers a complement to this literature. It identifies workers’ remittance flows to developing countries as an important channel through which the process of international risk-sharing might take place. Using a panel dataset that includes most developing countries during the period 1990-2000, this study demonstrates that countries which receive above-average levels of workers’ remittances achieve higher degrees of international risk-sharing in consumption. Moreover, this effect is not uniform across different groups of developing countries, being the strongest in transition economies.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherUU USE Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameDiscussion Paper Series / Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute
ISSN (Electronic)2666-8238


  • International Risk-Sharing
  • workers'remittances
  • consumption smoothing


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