Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104681
Authors: 
Nikolova, Milena
Graham, Carol Lee
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8520
Abstract: 
The extant literature 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 with 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.
Subjects: 
migration
transition economies
subjective well-being
JEL: 
F22
I31
J61
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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