Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149434
Authors: 
Démurger, Sylvie
Xu, Hui
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of Migration [ISSN:] 2193-9039 [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Pages:] 1-21
Abstract: 
This paper examines how left-behind children influence migration duration in China. We first present a simple illustrative model that incorporates economic and non-economic motives to migration duration. Using individual data from a survey carried out in Wuwei county (Anhui province) in 2008, we find that migrant parents of children in primary school tend to delay their return, a result we interpret as illustrating the need for migrant parents to accumulate money for their offspring's education. In contrast, parental time appears substitutable by coresiding grandparents who contribute to delay the parents' return, especially mothers, when they have children below the age of 12.
Subjects: 
Return migration
Left-behind children
Discrete-time duration analysis
China
JEL: 
J61
J13
C41
O53
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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