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The Logic of Letting Go: Family and Individual Migration from Rural Bangladesh

  • Randall S. Kuhn
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    This paper studies rural-urban migration by married males in Bangladesh as a two-outcome process consisting of individual moves and family moves. The family/individual distinction is relevant to issues of rural development, urban planning, and old-age dependency since family migration involves the transfer of not only a conjugal family's production, but also its consumption, to the city. The paper presents the results of a logistic hazard analysis of the migration patterns of men in Matlab Thana over a three-year period from 1984 to 1986, employing surveillance and census data.

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    Paper provided by RAND Corporation Publications Department in its series Working Papers with number 00-09.

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    Length: 45 pages
    Date of creation: 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:ran:wpaper:00-09
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    1. Stark, Oded & Bloom, David E, 1985. "The New Economics of Labor Migration," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 173-78, May.
    2. Shaw, Annapurna, 1988. "The Income Security Function of the Rural Sector: The Case of Calcutta, India," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 36(2), pages 303-14, January.
    3. Katz, Eliakim & Stark, Oded, 1986. "Labor Migration and Risk Aversion in Less Developed Countries," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 4(1), pages 134-49, January.
    4. Lucas, Robert E B & Stark, Oded, 1985. "Motivations to Remit: Evidence from Botswana," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 93(5), pages 901-18, October.
    5. Stark, Oded & Levhari, David, 1982. "On Migration and Risk in LDCs," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 31(1), pages 191-96, October.
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