Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36750
Authors: 
Holst, Elke
Schäfer, Andrea
Schrooten, Mechthild
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1005
Abstract: 
Remittances from Germany are substantial. Cross-border transfers to family and friendship networks outside Germany are not only made by foreigners. Many naturalized migrants send money home as well. Here, we focus on international networks and gender-specific determinants of remittances from the senders' perspective, based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) for the years 2001-2006. Our findings show, above all, that foreign women remit less money than foreign men. Using information on the social network in the home country we find, first, that the social network abroad explains part of gender differences in remittance behavior. Second, employing gender interaction terms for the social network effects suggests that remittance behavior is affected by traditional gender roles. Third, the migrant's social integration in the destination country matters. Remittance decisions of naturalized migrants do not show the aforementioned gender effect.
Subjects: 
Remittances
gender
foreigners
naturalized migrants
JEL: 
F24
J16
D13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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