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In transit: The well-being of migrants from transition and post-transition countries

Nikolova, M. & Graham, C., Apr-2015, In : Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 112, p. 164-186 23 p.

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The extant literature on migration and well-being has focused on migration's consequences for the receiving countries. In this paper, we ask a different but important question: how much do migrants gain from moving to another country? Using Gallup World Poll data and a methodology combining statistical matching and difference-in-differences, we assess migration's effects on the well-being of migrants from transition economies. We contribute to the literature by showing that in addition to increasing household income, migration enhances subjective well-being and satisfaction with freedom. The results are robust to sensitivity checks. Understanding the causal effects of migration on perceived and actual well-being is crucial for an informed public policy debate and has direct implications for social cohesion and integration policy. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-186
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Volume112
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2015
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • Migration, Transition economies, Well-being, INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, LIFE SATISFACTION, PROPENSITY SCORE, PANEL-DATA, MATCHING METHODS, EASTERN-EUROPE, SELF-SELECTION, HAPPINESS, IMMIGRATION, CAUSAL

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