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Remittances as pure or precautionary investment? Risk, savings and return migration

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  • DELPIERRE Matthieu
  • VERHEYDEN Bertrand

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This paper provides a theory of migrants? decisions to remit and save under uncertainty in connection with future location decisions. We show that the impact of remittances on the risk faced by the migrant is more complex than usually acknowledged. On the one hand, their effect on aggregate risk is non-monotonic. On the other hand, their impact on the geographical location of risk might be counter-intuitive, as remittances increase the migrant?s exposure to risk in the origin country. Also, marginal returns to remittances may be increasing, at least locally, due to the endogeneity of the future location. Interior solutions are therefore not guaranteed, and liquidity constraints faced by migrants may be binding. Finally, undocumented migrants are shown to be more likely to remit than legal migrants.

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Paper provided by CEPS/INSTEAD in its series CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series with number 2010-39.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2010-39

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Keywords: return migration; remittances; risk; investment;

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  1. Adams, Richard H, Jr, 1998. "Remittances, Investment, and Rural Asset Accumulation in Pakistan," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 47(1), pages 155-73, October.
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  1. Diego Alberto Sandoval Herrera & María Fernanda Reyes Roa, 2012. "¿Por qué los migrantes envían remesas?: Repaso de las principales motivaciones microeconómicas," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA 010036, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
  2. Victoria Licuanan & Toman Omar Mahmoud & Andreas Steinmayr, 2012. "The Drivers of Diaspora Donations for Development: Evidence from the Philippines," Kiel Working Papers, Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1807, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Matthias Lücke & Toman Omar Mahmoud & Christian Peuker, 2012. "Identifying the Motives of Migrant Philanthropy," Kiel Working Papers, Kiel Institute for the World Economy 1790, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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