As remittance has become a crucial source of income for households, migrants’
motivations to remit have significant implications for migrant-sending societies. Using data from western Chitwan in Nepal, I test the relative significance of different motives to remit that are identified in the existing literature along with other likely determinants of remittance behavior.
An improved statistical methodology corrects for potential self-selection bias. The empirical results suggest that remittance behavior is driven by self-interested motives for inheritance and future intentions to return home while social norms also serve as a major predictor of remittance