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International remittances and financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, Volume 1
 
Author:Aga, Gemechu Ayana; Martinez Peria, Maria Soledad; Country:Kenya; Senegal; Burkina Faso; Uganda; Nigeria; Africa;
Date Stored:2014/07/30Document Date:2014/07/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Access to Finance; Remittances; Debt Markets; Banks & Banking Reform; Population Policies
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Finance
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Lessons From The Global Crisis And The Recovery Process -- -- P146223;Region:Africa
Report Number:WPS6991Sub Sectors:Microfinance; SME Finance; Housing finance; Banking; Capital markets
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6991Volume No:1

Summary: This paper uses World Bank survey data, including about 10,000 households in five countries -- Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda -- to investigate the link between international remittances and households' financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. The paper finds that receiving international remittances increases the probability that the household opens a bank account in all the five countries. This result is robust to controlling for the potential endogeneity of remittances, using as instruments indicators of the migrants' economic conditions in the destination countries.

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