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dc.contributor.authorNaufal, George S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorVargas-Silva, Carlosen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-20en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:52:38Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:52:38Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20090327369en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35503-
dc.description.abstractIn this article we study the relationship between workers' remittances and fertility rate of the remittance receiving country. We identify two main channels by which remittances transfers affect fertility. First, migrants may adopt and later transmit to the household the ideas, values and attitudes predominant in the host country. Arguably, migrants with more attachment to the household would be more inclined to remit money home. Therefore, remittances can be seen as a proxy for the level of social norms (including fertility preferences) that is transmitted from the migrant to the household. Second, previous studies have shown that remittances money is often used for health services and educational expenses, factors that may ultimately decrease fertility rates. Using panel data for several countries we find a negative relationship between remittances and the fertility rate. The relationship is robust for a sub-sample of Latin American and African countries, but not for a sub-sample of Asian countries. In addition to finding evidence on the transfer of social norms from migrants to the home country, the paper also confirms that several socio-economic factors such as female labor force participation, percent of the population in rural areas and GDP per capita affect fertility rates.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA discussion papers 4066en_US
dc.subject.jelF22en_US
dc.subject.jelF24en_US
dc.subject.jelJ13en_US
dc.subject.jelQ56en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordRemittancesen_US
dc.subject.keywordfertility rateen_US
dc.subject.keywordpanel dataen_US
dc.subject.keywordLatin Americaen_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.keywordAsiaen_US
dc.subject.stwRücküberweisung (Migranten)en_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Werteen_US
dc.subject.stwPrivater Haushalten_US
dc.subject.stwFruchtbarkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwWelten_US
dc.subject.stwLateinamerikaen_US
dc.subject.stwAfrikaen_US
dc.subject.stwAsienen_US
dc.titleChanging fertility preferences one migrant at a time: the impact of remittances on the fertility rateen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn597848491en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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