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How Do Migrants Save? Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey on Temporary and Permanent Migrants versus Natives

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  • Giuseppe De Arcangelis

    () (Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali ed Economiche, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).)

  • Majlinda Joxhe

    () (Department of Economics and Social Science, American University of Rome John Cabot (Italy).)

Abstract

This paper investigates the saving behavior of migrants in UK across different dimensions, i.e. comparing temporary versus permanent migrants and migrants versus natives. Established theoretical predictions show that migrants save more when they plan to stay at destination only temporarily as target savers. Our empirical evidence takes into account the contemporaneous choice of savings and remittances. Moreover, when comparing the saving profiles of both natives and migrants, we uncover the weight of observable socio-economic characteristics other than income and wealth. We use the British Household Panel Survey for the period 1991-2008. The estimation results confirm that temporary migrants have a propensity to save 26% per cent higher than permanent migrants in UK. We also introduce an index of financial capability adjusted for income and, when employing the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition for the Tobit model of saving choice, migrants are more affected by other observable social economic characteristics than natives.

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  • Giuseppe De Arcangelis & Majlinda Joxhe, 2014. "How Do Migrants Save? Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey on Temporary and Permanent Migrants versus Natives," Working Papers 11/14, Sapienza University of Rome, DISS.
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    1. Chabé-Ferret, Bastien & Machado, Joël & Wahba, Jackline, 2018. "Remigration intentions and migrants' behavior," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 56-72.
    2. Bastien Chabé-Ferret & Joël Machado & Jackline Wahba, 2016. "Return Plans and Migrants' Behavior," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2016016, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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    Keywords

    Temporary Migration; Savings; Remittances; Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition.;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • C40 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - General

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