George S. Naufal

  • Current position:
    Senior Research Associate, PPRI, Texas A&M University since July 2015; Visiting Lecturer, Cass Business School, City University London (December 2014–December 2015)
  • Research interest:
    The impact of remittances on the remitting countries; the effects of social networks on different aspects of the economy, Middle East
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  • Affiliations:
    Texas A&M University, USA, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Associate Professor of Economics, American University of Sharjah (June 2014–August 2014; August 2007–May 2014)
  • Qualifications:
    PhD Economics, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the latest research on labor issues in a clear and accessible way. The innovative format and speed that IZA World of Labor follows allows a wide range of readers to have instant access to cutting-edge applied research
  • Selected publications:
    • “A tacit monetary policy of the Gulf countries: Is there a remittances channel?” Review of Development Economics (Forthcoming) (with A. Termos and I. Genc).
    • “Structural change in MENA remittance flows.” Emerging Markets Finance and Trade (Forthcoming) (with I. Genc).
    • “Remittance outflows and inflation: The case of the GCC countries” Economics Letters 120:1 (2013): 45–47 (with A. Termos and I. Genc).
    • “The macroeconomic consequences of remittances.” ISRN Economics (2012) (with D. Jansen and D. Vacaflores).
    • “Labor migration and remittances in the GCC.” Labor History 52:3 (2011): 307–322.
  • Articles

Impact of remittances on fertility

Remittances are closely linked to household fertility choices with consequences at the community and country level

November 2015

10.15185/izawol.207 207

by George S. Naufal Naufal, G

The growth in the number and in the size of remittances and the stability of these monetary transfers have made them a prime target for policymakers. Because remittance flows go directly to households in emigrants’ home countries, one has to wonder about their effects on household decision-making, particularly in relation to the number of children to have. While this is household specific, when considered at the community and country level, there are significant policy implications for remittance-receiving economies. Therefore, it is crucial to more fully understand the relationship between remittance inflows and fertility rates.