Presentation Title: Motives for Intra-Family Transfers in Guatemala

Section: Morals and Motivations I

Location: , 303

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:35am - 9:50am


In the developing world, high poverty rates and weak public transfer systems make private transfers among friends and families an important form of economic interaction, but the motives for such transfers are widely debated.  Economists identify two motives: altruism and exchange.  Altruism posits that individuals send transfers because they care about the well-being of others while exchange encompasses a set of hypotheses that present transfers as the result of a mutually beneficial agreement between self-interested actors.  Earlier work suggests that both are important determinants of transfer behavior and that motives might vary based on observable traits, such as gender.  We use data on transfers of time and money between parents and all of their working age children in Guatemala to determine which motive is most important, paying particular attention to how motives vary with gender and migrant status.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Economics

Presentation Topic: Resources

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Presenter(s): Vollmer, Andrew Stuart
Major(s): Economics
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Maluccio, John A.
Dept(s): Economics

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