Aspirations, Adaptation and Subjective Well-Being of Rural-Urban Migrants in China
This research is among the first to link the literatures on migration and on subjective well-being in developing countries.� It poses the question: why do rural-urban migrant households settled in urban China have an average happiness score lower than that of rural households?� It examines the hypothesis that migrants have false expectations because they cannot foresee how their aspirations will adapt to their new situation, and draws on research on both psychology and sociology.� Estimated happiness functions and decomposition analyses, based on a 2002 national household survey, suggest that their high aspirations in relation to achievement, influenced by their new reference groups, make for unhappiness.� The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis.
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