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Assessing the Role of Remittances and Financial Deepening in Growth: The Experience of Lebanon

Salah Abosedra and Ali Fakih ()
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Salah Abosedra: College of Business Administration, American University in the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Global Economy Journal (GEJ), 2017, vol. 17, issue 1, 1-19

Abstract: We investigate the relationship between remittances, financial deepening and the growth of the Lebanese economy using quarterly data from 1993 to 2011. Our results provide strong support for the theoretical contention that remittances and financial development share a robust long-run relationship with growth in Lebanon. However, the results indicate that short-run effects on growth volatility are statistically insignificant from financial development but strongly significant from remittances. These results extend recent findings on the financial development, remittances and growth nexus and imply that benefits expected from remittances for addressing growth volatility in Lebanon materialize more than those associated with financial development.

Keywords: remittances; financial deepening; economic growth; Lebanon; granger causality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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