LATEST PUBLICATIONS
PN 2021-09
Gender Perspectives in E-livelihood and E-entrepreneurship
PN 2021-08
Promoting a More Innovative and Inclusive Society through ICT Development
SEARCA MGB 2021 2
Seed Guidebook: Scaling and Expanding for Effective Development the Experiences and Learning from the SEARCA Project ISARD
SEARCA RPCL 2021 6
Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture: Isolation and Identification of Beneficial Soil- and Plant-Associated Microorganisms

LATEST AV MATERIALS
PIDS WB 2021-0903
Annual Public Policy Conference Webinar 2: Ethical Business
PIDS WB 2021-0902
Opening Program and Annual Public Policy Conference Webinar 1: Resetting Capitalism
PIDS WB 2021-0901
19th Development Policy Research Month Kick-Off Forum
PIDS WB 2021-0702
Local Governments' PDP and SDG Localization Efforts as Contribution to National Development
Publication Detail
UPSE DP 2009-07: Motives and Giving Norms Behind Remittances: The Case of Filipino Overseas Workers and Their Recipient Households

The literature has focused on motives to explain remittance behavior. But as non?anonymous transfers, remittances are apt to be influenced by giving norms as well. We formulate an empirical specification that takes account of remittance motives involving worker?household pairs. We find that altruism dominates the exchange motive among overseas workers who are likely to be the primary breadwinners of their recipient households. We also find that, in the subsample in which overseas workers are likely to be secondary breadwinners, (a) household labor income is an endogenous explanatory variable and (b) the error covariance of the household income and remittance selection equations is positive. A possible reason for (a) is that secondary breadwinners use household income as an imperfect signal of opportunity cost or to detect unobserved effort, i.e., moral hazard, in generating income. As for (b), we surmise that it indicates the presence of incentive?compatible mechanisms against moral hazard. On giving norms, we find that, in samples that include overseas workers who are secondary breadwinners, remittance amounts are afflicted with negative selectivity. We present evidence that this is consistent with Filipino giving practices, in which everyone gives but in modest amounts.

UP-School of Economics
Authors Keywords
Alba, Michael M.; Sugui, Jessaine Soraya C.; remittances; Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs);
Download PDF Number of Downloads
Published in 2009 and available in the UPSE Library or Downloaded 306 times since November 25, 2011
×
Please let us know your reason for downloading this publication. May we also ask you to provide additional information that will help us serve you better? Rest assured that your answers will not be shared with any outside parties. It will take you only two minutes to complete the survey. Thank you.


To use as reference:
If others, (Please specify):
Name: (optional)
Email: (required, but will not display)
Age:
Gender:
If Prefer to self-describe, please specify:
Level of Education:
Occupation:
If employed either part-time or full-time, name of office:
If others, (Please specify):
Would you like to receive the SERP-P UPDATES e-newsletter? Yes No
Use the space below if you have any comment about this publication or SERP-P knowledge resources in general.