Sharing norm pressures and community remittances: evidence from a natural disaster in the Pacific Islands

Brown, Richard P. C., Leeves, Gareth and Prayaga, Prabha (2013) Sharing norm pressures and community remittances: evidence from a natural disaster in the Pacific Islands. Journal of Development Studies, 50 3: 383-398. doi:10.1080/00220388.2013.858127


Author Brown, Richard P. C.
Leeves, Gareth
Prayaga, Prabha
Title Sharing norm pressures and community remittances: evidence from a natural disaster in the Pacific Islands
Journal name Journal of Development Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0388
1743-9140
Publication date 2013-12-07
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00220388.2013.858127
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 383
End page 398
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Migrants are often subject to social pressures to remit beyond their own households, to share the benefits of migration with the wider community in their home country; these are 'community remittances'. We hypothesise that community sharing norm pressures are stronger in locations with more extensive home community networks. We also postulate that the responsiveness of remittances to sharing pressures is subject to diminishing returns, attributable to a donor fatigue effect. Using customised survey data from three Polynesian migrant groups in metropolitan and regional Australia, we estimate double-hurdle regression models of community remittances. To identify the effects of sharing norm pressures we exploit an exogenous (cyclone) shock to home country incomes affecting one sub-group. We find strong evidence in support of the postulated responsiveness of community remittances to location-related differences in sharing norm pressures, and the presence of a donor fatigue effect. The policy implications are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 7 December 2013.

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