And What About the Family Back Home? International Migration and Happiness

Universidad de la Republica dECON Working Paper No. 03/08

25 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2008

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Fernando Borraz

University of Montevideo - Department of Economics

Susan Pozo

Western Michigan University - Department of Economics

Maximo Rossi

Departamento de Economía, dECON; Universidad de la Republica - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 3, 2008

Abstract

In this study we use data on subjective well being and migration in Cuenca, one of the Ecuador's largest cities. We examine the impact of migration on the happiness of the family left behind. We use the propensity score matching estimator to take into account the endogeneity of migration. Our results indicate that migration reduces the happiness of those left behind. We also find that the monetary inflows (remittances) that accompany migration do not increase happiness levels among recipients. These results suggest that the family left behind cannot be compensated, for the increase in unhappiness that it sustains on account of the emigration of loved ones, with remittances from abroad.

Keywords: Happiness, migration, remittances

JEL Classification: A12, F22, I31

Suggested Citation

Borraz, Fernando and Pozo, Susan and Rossi, Maximo, And What About the Family Back Home? International Migration and Happiness (March 3, 2008). Universidad de la Republica dECON Working Paper No. 03/08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1155108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1155108

Fernando Borraz

University of Montevideo - Department of Economics ( email )

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Susan Pozo

Western Michigan University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Maximo Rossi (Contact Author)

Departamento de Economía, dECON ( email )

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