The savings behavior of temporary and permanent migrants in Germany

Thomas Bauer, Mathias Sinning

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    This paper examines the relative savings position of migrant households in West Germany paying particular attention to differences between temporary and permanent migrants. Our findings reveal significant differences in the savings rates between German natives and immigrants. If remittances are treated as savings, however, migrants who intend to return to their home country save significantly more than comparable natives. The results of a decomposition analysis indicate that slightly more than half of the differences in the savings rate between Germans and permanent migrants and almost 70% between temporary and permanent migrants can be attributed to differences in observable characteristics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)421-449
    JournalJournal of Population Economics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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