Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124964
Authors: 
Tani, Massimiliano
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9451
Abstract: 
The literature on subjective well-being has highlighted the negative effects associated with the restrictions and inequality imposed by the hukou system on China's rural population. However, quantifying the cost of holding a rural hukou has generally been problematic, principally for lack of suitable data or measurements. Thanks to RUMiC, a new longitudinal database on China, this limitation can be overcome by exploiting exogenous changes in hukou status due to expropriation. The results support that granting an urban hukou substantially enhances subjective well-being within the household, especially for the household heads. The results complement a growing literature on subjective well-being focusing on China.
Subjects: 
subjective well-being
expropriation
China
JEL: 
D19
H13
I31
J61
R20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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