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Cultural Differences in the Remittance Behaviour of Households: Evidence from Canadian Micro Data

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  • Don J. DeVoretz
  • Florin P. Vadean

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This paper analyses the effect of cultural differences amongst ethnic groups on the remittance behaviour of native and immigrant households in Canada. In contrast to the New Economic of Labour Migration (NELM) literature that examines remittance motivation in the framework of extended family agreements, we embed remittances in a formal demand system, suggesting that they represent expenditures on social relations with relatives and/or friends and contribute to membership in social/religious organizations respectively. The results indicate strong ethnic group cultural differences in the remittance behaviour of recent Asian immigrant households and highlight the importance of differentiating with respect to cultural background when analysing the determinants of remittances.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0814.

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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0814

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Keywords: International Migration; Household Behaviour; Remittances;

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