The Savings Behavior of Temporary and Permanent Migrants in Germany

40 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2005

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Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

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Abstract

This paper examines the relative savings position of migrant households in West Germany, paying particular attention to differences between temporary and permanent migrants. Utilizing household level data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), our findings reveal significant differences in the savings rates between foreign-born and German-born individuals. These differences disappear, however, for temporary migrants, if their remittances are taken into account. Fixed effects estimations of the determinants of immigrants' savings rates reveal that intended return migration does not only affect remittances, but also the savings rate of migrant households in the host country. The results of a decomposition analysis indicate that differences in the savings rate between Germans and foreigners can mainly be attributed to differences in observable characteristics. We do not find strong evidence for an adjustment of the savings rate between immigrants and natives over time, indicating deficits in the long-term integration of permanent migrants in Germany.

Keywords: Migration, savings

JEL Classification: C24, E21, F22

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Sinning, Mathias, The Savings Behavior of Temporary and Permanent Migrants in Germany. CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5102, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=779205

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