Summary of Transmission Troubles

Heavy inflows of remittances impair a country’s ability to conduct monetary policy.

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Transmission Troubles summary
Remittances create monetary policy difficulties for developing countries.


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The central banks of developed economies can affect economic activity through the quality and efficacy of their “transmission mechanisms” that pass interest rate adjustments through to the broader economy. Alas, developing countries have not extracted the same benefits from monetary policies. Economists at the International Monetary Fund contend that the streams of cash coming into developing countries from their diasporas impair the transmission mechanism and render monetary policy ineffective. getAbstract recommends this astute report to officials, economists and executives interested in learning more about the drivers of an effective monetary policy apparatus.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the “transmission mechanism” is important for effective monetary policy,
  • How remittances weaken this conduit in developing countries and
  • What actions are available to officials to counter the remittance impact.


Government monetary actions lead to economic results through a “transmission mechanism” that allows the short-term interest rates set by central banks to affect the cost of credit to domestic consumers and business. But studies have identified the impairment of the transition mechanism in many developing...
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Adolfo Barajas et al. are economists at the International Monetary Fund.

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