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Social network, intra-network education spillover effect and rural–urban migrants' wages: Evidence from China

Chunchao Wang, Chenglei Zhang and Jinlan Ni ()

China Economic Review, 2015, vol. 35, issue C, 156-168

Abstract: This study examines the determinants of rural–urban migrant wages, paying special attention to the intra-network education spillover effect of the migrants' social network in China. Using the new migrant sample of Rural Urban Migration in China (RUMiC) 2009 survey data, we find that the migrants' social network does have a significant impact on their own earnings. In particular, we find evidence that there exists an education spillover effect of the migrants' social network, which indicates that the education level of the migrants' social network has a significant positive effect on their earnings. We also find that the education spillover effects differ with gender. The results are robust after considering the potential problem of endogeneity.

Keywords: Social network; Education spillover effect; Earnings of rural–urban migrants (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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