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Migration, Family, and Risk Diversification

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  • Kong-Pin Chen

    (Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University)

  • Shin-Hwan Chiang

    (York University)

  • Siu Fai Leung

    (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

This article proposes a formal model of migration in which workers are heterogeneous and markets are stochastically correlated. We derive and characterize the optimal migration pattern of a family. We show that migration can take place even when migrants earn less abroad and, surprisingly, when earnings in the foreign country are riskier for every member of the family. Moreover, it may well be an optimal arrangement to have only dependents migrate, thus rationalizing the recent dependent-oriented migration flows from places like Hong Kong and Taiwan. We provide some evidence in support of our theory.

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  • Kong-Pin Chen & Shin-Hwan Chiang & Siu Fai Leung, 2003. "Migration, Family, and Risk Diversification," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 21(2), pages 323-352, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:21:y:2003:i:2:p:323-352
    DOI: 10.1086/345560
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    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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