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An analysis of rural-to-rural migration in India

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  • Prabir C. Bhattacharya

    (Department of Economics, School of Management, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK)

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This paper examines some of the determinants of rural-to-rural migration in India. For female migration for marriage, which accounted for nearly a half of the total rural-to-rural migration flow during the 1970s, the results of the paper are not in discordance with the view of patrilocal exogamy as an insurance mechanism. However, we also find indirect support for the view that where women's economic contributions are seen to be valuable in the context of the family and the village economy, the outmigration of women for the purpose of marriage would ceteris paribus be lower. For migration for purposes other than marriage, the scheduled caste status is seen to have an effect independent of its indirect effect on poverty. However, with the exception of migration for the purpose of marriage, we do not find the influences of our explanatory variables to differ greatly across gender. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Prabir C. Bhattacharya, 2000. "An analysis of rural-to-rural migration in India," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(5), pages 655-667.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:12:y:2000:i:5:p:655-667 DOI: 10.1002/1099-1328(200007)12:5<655::AID-JID666>3.0.CO;2-8
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    1. Breman,Jan, 1996. "Footloose Labour," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521568241, December.
    2. Rosenzweig, Mark R & Stark, Oded, 1989. "Consumption Smoothing, Migration, and Marriage: Evidence from Rural India," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 97(4), pages 905-926, August.
    3. Breman,Jan, 1996. "Footloose Labour," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521560832, December.
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    1. Chakravarty, Surajeet & Fonseca, Miguel A. & Ghosh, Sudeep & Marjit, Sugata, 2016. "Religious fragmentation, social identity and cooperation: Evidence from an artefactual field experiment in India," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 265-279.
    2. Valerie Mueller & Abusaleh Shariff, 2011. "Preliminary Evidence On Internal Migration, Remittances, And Teen Schooling In India," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 29(2), pages 207-217, April.
    3. Mahreen Mahmud & Tareena Musaddiq & Farah Said, 2010. "Internal Migration Patterns in Pakistan—The Case for Fiscal Decentralisation," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 49(4), pages 593-607.
    4. Prabir C. Bhattacharya, 2002. "Rural-to-urban migration in LDCS: a test of two rival models," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(7), pages 951-972.

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