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Great Expectations? The Subjective Well-Being of Rural-Urban Migrants in China.

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This paper may be the first to link the literatures on migration and on subjective well-being in developing countries. It poses the question: why do rural-urban migrant households settled in urban China have an average happiness score lower than that of rural households? Three basic hypotheses are examined: migrants had false expectations about their future urban conditions, or about their future urban aspirations, or about their future selves. Estimated happiness functions and decomposition ...

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10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.03.002

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Journal:
World Development
Volume:
38
Issue:
1
Publication date:
2010-01-01
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uuid:8eeee69c-f42c-4828-8fd9-00c372990326
Local pid:
ora:1361
Language:
English

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