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Motivations of inter vivos transfers among Malaysian Muslims


Suhaili Alma’amun and Mohd Khairy Kamarudin and Mehmet Asutay (2016) Motivations of inter vivos transfers among Malaysian Muslims. Œconomica, 12 (3). pp. 149-162. ISSN 2067 – 340X


The surge of interest in inter vivos transfers has sparked a debate over its motivations.
However, most of the academic research has focused on developed economies; and similar to many
other countries, empirical research is scarce in Malaysia too. This study, aims to unravel motives for
inter vivos transfers among Malaysian Muslims. It employs logit regression analysis in which the data
is collected by means of questionnaires from October to December 2012.This research discovers that
exchange motive is more prevailing than altruism motive among the respondents. More inter vivos
transfers are given to daughters, children who provide more services and children with low
opportunity cost of their time. However, inter vivos gifts among Muslims in Malaysia have one
distinctive feature, they have been a part of the Malay culturally defined sphere enriched by the
Islamic law. This is called „hibah‟ in Malay language, which originates from an Arabic word. It is
concluded that the cultural aspect of the inter vivos transfers provides enhanced information as to how
the transfer mechanism work.

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Item Type: Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2016
Journal or Publication Title: Œconomica
ISSN: 2067 – 340X
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inter vivos: Hibah: Altruism: Exchange: Inheritance
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business
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