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Subjective Well-Being among Communities Left Behind by International Migrants

Jaime Lara ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This article assesses the impact of international migration on the subjective well-being of communities of origin in Mexico. Using a representative national survey and an empirical strategy with instrumental variables, we find that higher migratory intensity, at the municipal level, increases life satisfaction among men and women. There is a negative effect on emotional states of women, but an improvement in emotional states of men. Without controlling for schooling, a variable affected by international migration, men have a lower satisfaction with their perspective of future. Overall, the evidence in Mexico shows that the effects of international migration in the communities of origin are complex and with differential effects based on gender.

Keywords: life satisfaction; emotions; Mexican migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-hap, nep-int and nep-mig
Date: 2018
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