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Remittances and Well-Being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China

Alpaslan Akay, Corrado Giulietti (), Juan Robalino and Klaus Zimmermann ()
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Alpaslan Akay: Institute for the Study of Labor
Juan Robalino: Cornell University

No 1447, Working Papers from Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section.

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.

Keywords: Migrants; subjective well-being; remittances; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D64 I3 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-02
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