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Push or Pull? The Determinants of Remittances to Egypt

Rania Al-Mashat and Andreas Billmeier

Abstract

Egypt is the recipient of sizeable remittance flows sent by the large number of Egyptians working outside their home country. In this paper, we analyze the relationship between these remittances and other macroeconomic variables, taking into account the nonstationary character of these time series. We find that both pull and push factors familiar from the capital flow literature are cointegrated with remittances, but our data do not allow us to clearly distinguish between altruism and other competing motives among the pull factors.

Published Online: 2012-10-31

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