Aspirations, Adaptation and Subjective Well-Being of Rural-Urban Migrants in China
AbstractThis research is among the first to link the literatures on migration and on subjective well-being in developing countries.� It poses the question: why do rural-urban migrant households settled in urban China have an average happiness score lower than that of rural households?� It examines the hypothesis that migrants have false expectations because they cannot foresee how their aspirations will adapt to their new situation, and draws on research on both psychology and sociology.� Estimated happiness functions and decomposition analyses, based on a 2002 national household survey, suggest that their high aspirations in relation to achievement, influenced by their new reference groups, make for unhappiness.� The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis.
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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
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Rural-Urban Migration; Subjective Well-Being; Happiness; Relative Deprivation; Aspirations; China;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-03-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-CNA-2008-03-25 (China)
- NEP-DEV-2008-03-25 (Development)
- NEP-HAP-2008-03-25 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-MIG-2008-03-25 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-SOC-2008-03-25 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-TRA-2008-03-25 (Transition Economics)
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