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Microeconomic Implications of Remittances in an Overlapping Generations Model with Altruism and a Motive to Receive Inheritance

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  • Tigran A. Melkonyan
  • David A. Grigorian

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The article develops a framework to examine the interaction between the migrant and the remittance-receiving relative(s) under non-cooperative and cooperative scenarios. The model has an overlapping generations' structure where both parties have altruistic behavioural traits. We derive the relationships between the remittances, consumption, labour supply, savings, and bequests, and compare these variables under the two scenarios. For both scenarios, the remittances have a positive effect on the relative's leisure, consumption, and investment. The effects of the wage and the non-wage income of the relative and the migrant and the interest rate on the equilibrium level of remittances are also qualitatively similar under the two scenarios. However, the parties' degrees of altruism as well as the discount rates have different effects on the equilibrium level and incidence of remittances for the non-cooperative and cooperative interactions. These shed some light on the differences in remittance behaviour observed in empirical studies.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 (March)
Pages: 1026-1044

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  1. de Brauw, Alan & Mueller, Valerie & Woldehanna, Tassew, 2013. "Motives to Remit: Evidence from Tracked Internal Migrants in Ethiopia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 13-23.
  2. Alexis Antoniades & Ganesh Seshan & Roberto A. Weber & Robertas Zubrickas, 2013. "On altruism and remittances," ECON - Working Papers 131, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
  3. de Brauw, Alan & Mueller, Valerie & Woldehanna, Tassew, 2011. "Insurance motives to remit: Evidence from a matched sample of Ethiopian internal migrants," IFPRI discussion papers 1090, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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