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Remittances and well-being among rural-to-urban migrants in China

Alpaslan Akay (), Corrado Giulietti (), Juan David Robalino () and Klaus Zimmermann ()

Review of Economics of the Household, 2014, vol. 12, issue 3, 517-546

Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to propose a systematic approach to empirically analyse the relationship between sending remittances and the utility of migrants, as proxied by their subjective well-being (SWB). Using data from a new survey on China, we estimate models in which a SWB measure is regressed on the level of remittances, finding a sizeable positive correlation. The estimates vary with the socio-economic characteristics of migrants, migration experience and the diversity of family arrangements. As a complementary objective, we use SWB measures to elicit the motivations behind remittances, finding evidence that both altruistic and contractual motivations are at work among rural-to-urban migrants in China. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Migrants; Subjective well-being; Remittances; J61; D64; I3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s11150-013-9208-7

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