Impact of Remittances on Natural Rate of Dollarization-Trends in Caucasus and Central Asia
22 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2020
Date Written: September 2020
This paper discusses migration and remittances trends, and calculates the natural (or benchmark) level of dollarization in Caucasus, Central Asia and others in the region. This natural level of dollarization is conceptually linked to the currency allocation in a portfolio of deposits to maximize welfare, in line with Ize and Levy Yeyati (2003). The fall in remittances due to the economic slowdown since the spread of COVID-19 affects the macroeconomic fundamentals that determine demand for foreign currency deposits. We calculate the natural dollarization level by integrating structural macroeconomic characteristics. We show that despite the reduction in deposit dollarization, there is still a gap with respect to the natural level of dollarization, especially in a scenario of (persistent) lower remittance inflows.
Keywords: Remittances, Dollarization, Currencies, Exchange rates, Income, WP, remittance, tag0, td valign, deposit dollarization
JEL Classification: F24, F22, F30, E42, F31, E25
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