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

Milena Nikolova*, Carol Graham

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)164-186
Aantal pagina's23
TijdschriftJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
StatusPublished - apr-2015
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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