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Motivations to remit: evidence from Chitwan, Nepal

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  • Pratikshya Bohra-Mishra

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As remittance has become a crucial source of income for households, migrant's motivations to remit have significant implications for migrant-sending societies. Using data from western Chitwan in Nepal, I test the relative significance of different motives to remit that are identified in the existing literature along with other likely determinants of remittance behavior. An improved statistical methodology corrects for potential self-selection bias. The empirical results suggest that remittance behavior is driven by semi-altruistic and self-interested motives rather than purely altruistic motives while social norms also serve as an important predictor of remittance behavior.

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  • Pratikshya Bohra-Mishra, 2014. "Motivations to remit: evidence from Chitwan, Nepal," Contemporary Social Science, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 322-337, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocxx:v:9:y:2014:i:3:p:322-337
    DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2012.709637
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