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In transit: The well-being of migrants from transition and post-transition countries

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  • Nikolova, Milena
  • Graham, Carol

The extant literature on migration and well-being has focused on migration's consequences for the receiving countries. In this paper, we ask a different but important question: how much do migrants gain from moving to another country? Using Gallup World Poll data and a methodology combining statistical matching and difference-in-differences, we assess migration's effects on the well-being of migrants from transition economies. We contribute to the literature by showing that in addition to increasing household income, migration enhances subjective well-being and satisfaction with freedom. The results are robust to sensitivity checks. Understanding the causal effects of migration on perceived and actual well-being is crucial for an informed public policy debate and has direct implications for social cohesion and integration policy.

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Volume (Year): 112 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 164-186

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:112:y:2015:i:c:p:164-186
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.02.003
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