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In Transit: The Well-Being of Migrants from Transition and Post-Transition Countries

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  • Nikolova, Milena

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  • Graham, Carol Lee

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    The extant literature 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 with 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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    Length: 57 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2014
    Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 112, 164-186 [Online]
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