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Gender, Transnational Networks and Remittances: Evidence from Germany

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  • Elke Holst
  • Andrea Schäfer
  • Mechthild Schrooten

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Remittances from Germany are substantial. Cross-border transfers to family and friendship networks outside Germany are not only made by foreigners. Many naturalized migrants send money home as well. Here, we focus on transnational networks and gender-specific determinants of remittances from the senders’ perspective, based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) for the years 2001-2006.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 296.

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Length: 25 p.
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp296

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Keywords: Remittances; Gender; Foreigners; Naturalized Migrants;

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  1. Gil S. Epstein & Alessandra Venturini, 2011. "The Impact of Worker Effort on Public Sentiment Towards Temporary Migrants," Development Working Papers 310, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 09 May 2011.

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