Mooney, Margarita A. (2003). Migrants' Social Ties in the U.S. and Investment in Mexico. Social Forces, 81(4)
Using a sample of 1,112 heads of household from the Mexican Migration Project (MMP), I develop a multinomial logit regression to test the hypothesis that migrants with social ties to other migrants in their place of settlement will have a greater risk of investing their remittances and savings on a productive activity or a home than of spending them on consumption. I find that migrants who live with family members or townspeople during their last migration trip have a higher risk of investing their savings on a productive activity or a home relative to spending them on consumption. Migrants who belong to a social club with other migrants have a higher risk of investing their remittances on production or housing than of using them for consumption.
Mooney, Margarita A.