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Has the Pandemic Reduced U.S. Remittances Going to Latin America?

Matthew Higgins () and Thomas Klitgaard

No 20201109, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Workers' remittances—funds that migrants send to their country of birth—are an important source of income for a number of economies in Latin America, with the bulk of these funds coming from the United States. Have these flows dried up, given the COVID-19 recession and resulting unprecedented job losses? We find that remittances initially faltered but rebounded in the summer months, performing better than during the last U.S. recession despite more severe job losses. Large government income support payments probably explain some of this resilience. Whether remittances continue to hold up is likely to depend on how quickly the U.S. job market recovers, particularly in hard-hit service industries.

Keywords: remittance; Latin America; Mexico; Central America; United States; pandemic; recession; COVID-19; migrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-11-09
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