Social Relations and Remittances: Evidence from Canadian Micro Data
AbstractWe 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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- Vadean, Florin P. & DeVoretz, Don J., 2007. "Social relations and remittances: Evidence from Canadian micro data," HWWI Research Papers 3-6, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
- C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
- F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
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