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Cultural Differences in the Remittance Behaviour of Households: Evidence from Canadian Micro Data

DeVoretz, Don and Vadean, Florin (2010) Cultural Differences in the Remittance Behaviour of Households: Evidence from Canadian Micro Data. In: Epstein, Gil S. and Gang, Ira N., eds. Migration and Culture. Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, 8 . Emerald, Bingley, pp. 543-575. ISBN 978-0-85724-153-5. E-ISBN 978-0-85724-154-2. (doi:10.1108/S1574-8715(2010)0000008029) (KAR id:84112)


This chapter analyses the effect of cultural differences among ethnic groups on the remittance behaviour of native and immigrant households in Canada. In contrast to the New Economic of Labour Migration (NELM) literature that examines remittance motivation in the framework of extended family agreements, we embed remittances in a formal demand system, suggesting that they represent expenditures on social relations with relatives and/or friends and contribute to membership in social/religious organisations respectively. The results indicate strong ethnic group cultural differences in the remittance behaviour of recent Asian immigrant households and highlight the importance of differentiating with respect to cultural background when analysing the determinants of remittances.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/S1574-8715(2010)0000008029
Uncontrolled keywords: international migration, household behaviour, remittances
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Florin-Petru Vadean
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2020 20:21 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
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