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Emigration, remittances, and the subjective well-being of those staying behind

Ivlevs, A., Nikolova, M. & Graham, C., Jan-2019, In : Journal of Population Economics. 32, 1, p. 113-151 39 p.

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We offer the first global perspective on the well-being consequences of emigration for those staying behind using several subjective well-being measures (evaluations of best possible life, positive affect, stress, and depression). Using the Gallup World Poll data for 114 countries during 2009-2011, we find that having family members abroad is associated with greater evaluative well-being and positive affect, and receiving remittances is linked with further increases in evaluative well-being, especially in poorer contextsboth across and within countries. We also document that having household members abroad is linked with increased stress and depression, which are not offset by remittances. The out-migration of family members appears less traumatic in countries where migration is more common, indicating that people in such contexts might be able to cope better with separation. Overall, subjective well-being measures, which reflect both material and non-material aspects of life, furnish additional insights and a well-rounded picture of the consequences of emigration on migrant family members staying behind relative to standard outcomes employed in the literature, such as the left-behind's consumption, income, or labor market outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-151
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2019

    Keywords

  • Migration, Remittances, Depression, Stress, Cantril ladder of life, Happiness, Gallup World Poll, ADULT-CHILD MIGRATION, TO-URBAN MIGRANTS, INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, PARENTAL MIGRATION, MENTAL-HEALTH, LIFE SATISFACTION, ELDERLY PARENTS, LABOR MIGRATION, RURAL CHINA, HAPPINESS

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