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

Milena Nikolova*, Carol Graham

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Abstract

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
DOIs
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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