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A behavioural approach to remittances analysis

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  • Meyer, Wiebke
  • Mollers, Judith
  • Buchenrieder, Gertrud

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This paper approaches the migrant’s motivation to remit from a new, behavioural perspective. We apply the well-established Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) using a structural equation model for the first time for this specific research question. Our micro-dataset stems from a 2009/10 survey, covering Albanian migrants from Kosovo living in Germany as well as their home-country households. More than 90% of Kosovar migrants living in Germany remit. However, little is known about their underlying motivations. Our analytical results show that the migrant’s attitude and norms are decisive for the remitting behaviour. The common socio-economic approach lacks explanatory power backed by theory.

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  • Meyer, Wiebke & Mollers, Judith & Buchenrieder, Gertrud, 2012. "A behavioural approach to remittances analysis," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 126428, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Keywords

    Kosovo; Germany; remittances; structural equation modelling; Theory of Planned Behaviour; Consumer/Household Economics; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Political Economy; F24; H30; O15;

    JEL classification:

    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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