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Strong versus weak ties in migration

Strong versus weak ties in migration
Strong versus weak ties in migration
This paper studies the role of strong versus weak ties in rural-to-urban migration decisions in China. We develop a network model that puts forward the different roles of weak and strong ties in helping workers to migrate to the city. We use a unique longitudinal dataset that allows us to test our model by focusing on first-time migration. We address the endogeneity of weak ties using an instrumental procedure. Our results indicate that weak and strong ties provide different type of help and hence act as complements in the migration decision, with the interactive effect being particularly strong above a certain threshold of weak ties.
0014-2921
111-137
Giulietti, Corrado
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Wahba, Jackline
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Zenou, Yves
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Giulietti, Corrado
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Wahba, Jackline
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Zenou, Yves
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Giulietti, Corrado, Wahba, Jackline and Zenou, Yves (2018) Strong versus weak ties in migration. European Economic Review, 104, 111-137. (doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.02.006).

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This paper studies the role of strong versus weak ties in rural-to-urban migration decisions in China. We develop a network model that puts forward the different roles of weak and strong ties in helping workers to migrate to the city. We use a unique longitudinal dataset that allows us to test our model by focusing on first-time migration. We address the endogeneity of weak ties using an instrumental procedure. Our results indicate that weak and strong ties provide different type of help and hence act as complements in the migration decision, with the interactive effect being particularly strong above a certain threshold of weak ties.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 February 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 March 2018
Published date: May 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 419333
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419333
ISSN: 0014-2921
PURE UUID: 84e8669f-c81c-4861-ae9e-baf27b127780
ORCID for Corrado Giulietti: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2986-4438
ORCID for Jackline Wahba: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0002-3443
ORCID for Yves Zenou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6516-0812

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Date deposited: 10 Apr 2018 16:31
Last modified: 09 Mar 2020 05:01

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