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Do family ties with those left behind intensify or weaken migrants’ assimilation?

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  • Stark, Oded
  • Dorn, Agnieszka

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Strong ties with the home country and with the host country can coexist. An altruistic migrant who sends remittances to his family back home assimilates more the more altruistic he is, and also more than a non-remitting migrant.

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  • Stark, Oded & Dorn, Agnieszka, 2012. "Do family ties with those left behind intensify or weaken migrants’ assimilation?," Discussion Papers 133689, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
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    1. Stark, Oded & Bielawski, Jakub & Jakubek, Marcin, 2015. "The impact of the assimilation of migrants on the well-being of native inhabitants: A theory," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 111(C), pages 71-78.
    2. Falco, Chiara & Göbel, Kristin, 2015. "Does the desire to remit foster integration? Evidence from migrants in Spain," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 137(C), pages 131-134.
    3. Stark, Oded, 2013. "On the economics of others," University of Tuebingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 62, University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.

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    Keywords

    Assimilation of migrants; Acculturation identity; Links with the home country; Altruism; Remittances; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Labor and Human Capital; D01; D13; D64; F22; F24;

    JEL classification:

    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • 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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