Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193280
Authors: 
Lin, Carl
van der Meulen Rodgers, Yana
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11986
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This study uses migrant household survey data from 2008 and 2009 to examine how parental migration decisions are associated with the nutritional status of children in rural and urban China. Results from instrumental variables regressions show a substantial adverse effect of children's exposure to parental migration on height-for-age Z-scores of left-behind children relative to children who migrate with their parents. Additional results from a standard Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, a quantile decomposition, and a counterfactual distribution analysis all confirm that children who are left behind in rural villages – usually because of the oppressive hukou system – have poorer nutritional status than children who migrate with their parents, and the gaps are biggest at lower portions of the distribution.
Subjects: 
migration
China
children
health
nutrition
JEL: 
I10
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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