Estimating remittance functions for Pacific island migrants

Brown, RPC (1997) Estimating remittance functions for Pacific island migrants. World Development, 25 4: 613-626. doi:10.1016/S0305-750X(96)00122-2

Author Brown, RPC
Title Estimating remittance functions for Pacific island migrants
Journal name World Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0305-750X
Publication date 1997-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0305-750X(96)00122-2
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 613
End page 626
Total pages 14
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3303 Development
3312 Sociology and Political Science
2002 Economics and Econometrics
Abstract There is concern that Pacific island economies dependent on remittances of migrants will endure foreign exchange shortages and declining Living standards as remittance levels drop due to lower migration rates and the belief that migrants' willingness to remit decreases 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 Tobit 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. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Keyword Economics
Planning & Development
Remittance Decay
Remittance Motivation
Tobit Regression
Pacific Islands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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