Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129439
Authors: 
Huang, Xiaobing
Liu, Xiaolian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Economics Discussion Papers 2016-11
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the nexus between consumption and social integration of Chinese migrant workers using survey data with 869 samples from four Chinese provinces. The study suggests the following results: (1) Migrant workers are less integrated in terms of psychological integration and cultural integration, but they are strongly motivated to integrate into host societies; (2) An increase in consumption is associated with an increase in the social integration of migrant workers. This effect is stronger for new-generation migrant workers and weaker for high-income migrant workers; (3) Entertainment consumption plays the most important role in the social integration of migrant workers, whereas the effect of housing consumption on social integration is found to be negative; (4) Among all types of consumption behaviors, rational consumption is beneficial to the social integration of migrant workers, whereas impulsive consumption is harmful. The effects of economic consumption and conspicuous consumption are not significant.
Subjects: 
consumption
consumption behavior
migrant workers
social integration
JEL: 
F22
J15
D73
K42
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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