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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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Are workers’ remittances a hedge against macroeconomic shocks? The case of Sri Lanka

This paper estimates a vector error correction model for Sri Lanka in order to determine the response of remittance receipts to macroeconomic shocks. This is the first attempt of its kind in the literature. The authors found that remittance receipts are pro-cyclical and decline when the country’s currency weakens, undermining their usefulness as a shock absorber. On the other hand, remittances increase in response to oil-price shocks, reflecting the fact that most overseas Sri Lankan are employed in the Persian Gulf States. The pro-cyclicality of remittances calls into question the notion that remittances are largely motivated by altruism.

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