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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01cn69m419r
 Title: Remittances and Well-Being among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in China Authors: Akay, AlpaslanGiulietti, CorradoRobalino, Juan D.Zimmermann, Klaus F. Issue Date: Feb-2013 Series/Report no.: Working Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 572 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. URI: http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01cn69m419r Appears in Collections: IRS Working Papers

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