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Does Trust in Home Countries Matter for Formal Remittances?


  • Kamal Kasmaoui

    (IRMAPE - Institut de Recherche en Management et Pays Emergents - ESC Pau)

  • Farid Makhlouf

    (IRMAPE - Institut de Recherche en Management et Pays Emergents - ESC Pau)

  • Youssef Errami

    (IRMAPE - Institut de Recherche en Management et Pays Emergents - ESC Pau)


This note studies the empirical relationship between trust and remittances. Using historical data from the 2010-2014 wave of World Values Survey (WVS) for interpersonal trust and World Bank for remittances. Results underline the substitution role played by interpersonal trust with remittances. Migrants send fewer of formal remittances when the rate of interpersonal trust in the country of origin is high.

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  • Kamal Kasmaoui & Farid Makhlouf & Youssef Errami, 2020. "Does Trust in Home Countries Matter for Formal Remittances?," Working Papers hal-02886563, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:hal-02886563
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    Remittances; Institutions; Social Capital; Interpersonal Trust;

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