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MIGRATION AND REMITTANCES

MIGRATION AND REMITTANCES This paper examines patterns of remittances among migrants from Guizhou province of China. Our research is motivated by three lines of theoretical arguments, namely the new economics of migration, a translocal perspective linking remittances and development, and the culture of remittances. Taking individual, household, and village-level characteristics into account, we estimated multilevel logistic models of the decision to remit and multilevel models of the amount of remittances. Our results show that migrant remittance behaviour is responsive to family needs as well as household economic position in the village. Migrants who come from entrepreneurial households are more likely to remit a large amount than other types of households. We find some evidence of ‘culture of remittances’ in these villages. Consistent with our expectations, migrants who are from villages with higher amounts of average remittances are likely to remit a larger amount than otherwise. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Population Studies Taylor & Francis

MIGRATION AND REMITTANCES

Asian Population Studies , Volume 9 (2): 18 – Jul 1, 2013
18 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1744-1749
eISSN
1744-1730
DOI
10.1080/17441730.2013.785721
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Abstract

This paper examines patterns of remittances among migrants from Guizhou province of China. Our research is motivated by three lines of theoretical arguments, namely the new economics of migration, a translocal perspective linking remittances and development, and the culture of remittances. Taking individual, household, and village-level characteristics into account, we estimated multilevel logistic models of the decision to remit and multilevel models of the amount of remittances. Our results show that migrant remittance behaviour is responsive to family needs as well as household economic position in the village. Migrants who come from entrepreneurial households are more likely to remit a large amount than other types of households. We find some evidence of ‘culture of remittances’ in these villages. Consistent with our expectations, migrants who are from villages with higher amounts of average remittances are likely to remit a larger amount than otherwise.

Journal

Asian Population StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jul 1, 2013

Keywords: migration; remittances; culture of remittances; entrepreneurs; poverty

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