Diaspora Transferts Finance et Développement Economique

Diaspora Transferts Finance et Développement Economique

Remittances by migrants to their countries of origin constitute the largest source of external finance for developing countries after foreign direct investment . To shed light on this important fact, in this paper we consider a model of micro-foundations of the links between remittances finance and endogenous growth. Our theoretical set up helps to show how local financial system development and the quality of institutions influence a country’s capacity to take advantage of remittances. Among others new findings , we show that remittances foster economic growth in countries with less developed financial sector by providing a substitute tool to finance investment and contribute to overcome liquidity constraints and help undertake profitable investment.