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To Migrate With or Without Ones Children in China - That is the Question


  • Yiwen Chen
  • Vincent Fromentin
  • Benteng Zou


Where should Chinese internal migrant parents locate their school-aged children: migrate with them or leave them behind? And should they invest in private education of their children? We investigate whether migrant parents can afford to take their children to migrate and thus provide theoretical optimum that maximizes migrant parents utility which includes the children s educational performance. Depending on the educational investment parents make and the relocation cost of children, we provide necessary and sufficient conditions under which migrant parents should take their children to migrate and conditions under which migrant parents should provide their children with private education.

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  • Yiwen Chen & Vincent Fromentin & Benteng Zou, 2019. "To Migrate With or Without Ones Children in China - That is the Question," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 135, pages 69-88.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2019:i:135:p:69-88
    DOI: 10.15609/annaeconstat2009.135.0069

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    1. Yiwen Chen & Ioana Salagean & Benteng Zou, 2020. "Private Educational Expenditure Inequality between Migrant and Urban Households in China’s Cities," CREA Discussion Paper Series 20-03, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.

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    Chinese Internal Migrant Children; Left-behind Children; Chinese HukouSystem; Educational Performance.;

    JEL classification:

    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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