Do migrants' remittances decline over time? Evidence from Tongans and Western Samoans in Australia

Brown, RPC (1998) Do migrants' remittances decline over time? Evidence from Tongans and Western Samoans in Australia. Contemporary Pacific, 10 1: 107-151.

Author Brown, RPC
Title Do migrants' remittances decline over time? Evidence from Tongans and Western Samoans in Australia
Journal name Contemporary Pacific   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1043-898X
Publication date 1998-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 107
End page 151
Total pages 45
Language eng
Abstract There is concern that Pacific Island economies dependent on remittances of migrants will endure foreign exchange shortages and falling living standards as remittance levels fall because of lower migration rates and the belief that migrants' willingness to remit declines over time. The empirical validity of the remittance-decay hypothesis has never been tested. From survey data on Tongan and Western Samoan migrants in Sydney, this paper estimates remittance functions using multivariate regression analysis. It is found that the remittance-decay hypothesis has no empirical validity, and migrants are motivated by factors other than altruistic family support, including asset accumulation and investment back home.
Keyword Area Studies
Migration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
 
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