Transfers from Migrants to Their Children: Evidence that Altruism and Cultural Factors Matter

26 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2007

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Francois-Charles Wolff

University of Nantes

Seymour Spilerman

Columbia University

Claudine Attias-Donfut

Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Vieillesse Ile-de-France

Abstract

This paper focuses on the determinants of financial inter vivos transfers by migrants living in France in 2003 to their adult children. From a theoretical viewpoint, such transfers may be explained either by altruism or by exchange. While parents would direct their assistance to their less well off children under altruism, support should be channeled to children who live nearby their parents under the exchange motive. We assess the relevance of these two motives using the French PRI survey. Unequal sharing is frequently observed and children are more likely to receive financial transfers when they are in poor circumstance, but not necessarily when living in proximity to parents. We also emphasize the role of cultural factors as determinants of the parental allocation among children. Muslim parents, in particular, are more likely to make transfers to sons than to daughters.

Suggested Citation

Wolff, Francois-Charles and Spilerman, Seymour and Attias-Donfut, Claudine, Transfers from Migrants to Their Children: Evidence that Altruism and Cultural Factors Matter. Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 619-644, December 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2007.00248.x

Francois-Charles Wolff (Contact Author)

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Seymour Spilerman

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Claudine Attias-Donfut

Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Vieillesse Ile-de-France

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France

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