Are Foreign Aid and Remittance Inflows a Hedge Against Food Price Shocks?

International Monetary Fund
2012 IMF Working Papers  
This paper explores the role of foreign aid and remittance inflows in the mitigation of the effects of food price shocks. Using a large sample of developing countries and mobilising dynamic panel data specifications, the econometric results yield two important findings. First, remittance and aid inflows significantly dampen the effect of food price shocks in the most vulnerable countries. Second, a lower remittance-to-GDP ratio is required in order to fully absorb the effects of food price
more » ... s compared to the corresponding aidto-GDP ratio. JEL Classification Numbers: E2, E3, F24, F35, O24
doi:10.5089/9781463938444.001 fatcat:gzs4usp54jd4zcdoppdz4y32zy