We investigate the Dutch Disease impact of migrant's remittances and foreign aid using a yearly panel data of eight South Asian countries for the period of 1975–2013. An increase in per capita remittances erodes international competitiveness by appreciating the real effective exchange rate, also leading to a fall in traded to non-traded goods production ratio in the economy; hardly any statistically significant impact of foreign aid on these variables is detected. These point to premature deindustrialization consequences of large remittance inflows that could slow down structural transformation towards manufacturing. Although remittances and foreign aid may have a significant impact on poverty alleviation in this region, policy planners should pay attention to more effective utilization of remittances and foreign aid.

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Keywords Dutch disease, foreign aid, real effective exchange rate, remittances, premature, deindustrialization
JEL Remittances (jel F24), Open Economy Macroeconomics (jel F41)
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/DOI: 1080/13547860.2017.1330442, hdl.handle.net/1765/103892
Journal Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy
Citation
Murshed, S.M, & Uddin, M.B. (2017). International Transfers and Dutch Disease: Evidence from South Asian Countries. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 22(3), 486–509. doi:DOI: 1080/13547860.2017.1330442