Peer Migration in China

52 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2010 Last revised: 29 Sep 2010

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Yuyu Chen

Peking University - Guanghua School of Management

Ginger Zhe Jin

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Yang Yue

ASU

Date Written: January 2010

Abstract

We aim to quantify the role of social networks in job-related migration. With over 130 million rural labors migrating to the city each year, China is experiencing the largest internal migration in the human history. Using instrumental variables in the 2006 China Agricultural Census, we find that a 10-percentage-point increase in the migration rate of co-villagers raises one's migration probability by 7.27 percent points, an effect comparable to an increase of education by 7-8 years. Evidence suggests that most of this effect is driven by co-villagers helping each other in moving cost and job search at the destination.

Suggested Citation

Chen, Yuyu and Jin, Ginger Zhe and Yue, Yang, Peer Migration in China (January 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w15671. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1540956

Yuyu Chen (Contact Author)

Peking University - Guanghua School of Management ( email )

Peking University
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Ginger Zhe Jin

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

College Park, MD 20742
United States
301-405-3484 (Phone)
301-405-3542 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Yang Yue

ASU ( email )

Tempe, AZ 85287-3806
United States
4803740917 (Phone)

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