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Motivation behind remittance from migrants: Evidence from Albania

Daichi Shimamoto ()

No 14-05, Discussion Papers in Economics and Business from Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics

Abstract: In Albania, remittance has been an important factor for the country fs economic growth since the collapse of the country fs communist regime in the early 1990s. In this paper, I investigated why migrants send remittance to their parents household. In the analysis, I considered four remittance motivations: altruistic, exchange, insurance, and inheritance motivations. To control sample selection of migration, I apply the Heckman sample selection model. The results suggest that migrants in Albania are driven to remit owing to a combination of altruistic, exchange, and inheritance motivations. Further, migration destination influences remittance amount, which implies that not only the local labor market and exchange rate at the final destination but also migration motivation factors affect remittance amount.

Keywords: Migration; Remittance; Albania (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 F24 O52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2014-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int, nep-mig and nep-tra
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