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Social Relations and Remittances: Evidence from Canadian Micro Data

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  • DeVoretz, Don J.

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    (Simon Fraser University)

  • Vadean, Florin

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    (University of Kent)

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We theorise that remittances to persons outside the households represent transfers to maintain social relations with relatives and friends and charitable remittances are expenditures which foster group membership. We estimate transfer functions as part of a larger expenditure system and calculate Engel elasticities for remittances to persons and to charities. We conclude that expenditures to enhance social relations with relatives and friends are a normal good for recent Asian immigrants and a luxury good for all other immigrants and Canadians. This fact indicates strong cultural differences in the remittance behaviour of the population groups included.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2501.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Keywords: international migration; household behaviour; remittances;

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  1. Vadean, Florin P., 2007. "Skills and remittances: The case of Afghan, Egyptian, and Serbian immigrants in Germany," HWWI Research Papers 3-9, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  2. Richard P.C. Brown & Gareth Leeves & Prabha Prayaga, 2014. "Sharing Norm Pressures and Community Remittances: Evidence from a Natural Disaster in the Pacific Islands," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(3), pages 383-398, March.
  3. Tolciu, Andreia & Schaland, Ann-Julia & El-Cherkeh, Tanja, 2010. "Migrant entrepreneurship in Hamburg: Results from a qualitative study with Turkish entrepreneurs," HWWI Research Papers 3-22, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).

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