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Family migration in China: Do migrant children affect parental settlement intention?

Chunchao Wang, Chenglei Zhang, Jinlan Ni, Haifeng Zhang and Junsen Zhang

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2019, vol. 47, issue 2, 416-428

Abstract: This paper investigates the role of migrant children in the permanent settlement intention of their parents. Using two independent survey datasets on Chinese internal migration, we examine whether and how migrant children-related factors are associated with migrant parents’ intention of permanent urban settlement. Our results show that parents with migrant children are more likely to settle in a destination city permanently than those without. The probability of permanent urban settlement intention of parents with migrant children is 49% higher than those without. The results are robust to a series of sensitivity tests. Potential channels for the findings are also explored.

Keywords: Family migration; Children; Settlement intention; Endogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 J12 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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