Are Movers more Egalitarian than Stayers? An Intergenerational Perspective on IntraHousehold Financial Decision-Making

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Abstract

This study seeks to investigate the role of international migration in shaping the financial decision-making behaviours of married couples through a comparison of three generations of Turkish migrants to Europe (i.e., movers) with their counterparts who remained in Turkey (i.e., stayers). The data are drawn from a subset of personal data from the 2000 Families Survey, involving 4215
interviews performed randomly with married individuals nested within 1713 families. The results suggest that international migration increases the tendency for spouses to jointly decide on their finances by a) weakening the intergenerational transmission of traditional financial decision-making behaviours and gender ideologies and b) enabling more intense acculturation of younger generations within ‘less patriarchal’ contexts. With its unique, intergenerational, and origin-based perspective, the study provides particular insight into the understudied relationship between migration and intra-household decision-making and its benefits for gender equality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-146
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume54
Issue number1
Early online date28 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • financial control
  • household finances
  • Intergenerational transmission
  • International Migration
  • intra-household allocation
  • Turkish diaspora in Europe

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