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RURAL LABOR MIGRATION: Migrant Network, Information, and Hysteresis

Jinhua Zhao ()

No 19990, 2004 Annual meeting, August 1-4, Denver, CO from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)

Abstract: We investigate a rural household's decision to migrate part or all of its labor to urban areas. Labor migrates only when the expected return passes a hurdle rate that is affected by migration networks. We develop a dynamic model of incomplete information, and characterize the unique pure strategy perfect Bayesian equilibrium. Based on the predictions of the equilibrium, we develop a set of econometric models to estimate the migration decisions. Our results show that more current information helps migration, while the expectation of more information in the future may higher migration.

Keywords: Labor; and; Human; Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21
Date: 2004
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.19990

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