Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213433
Authors: 
Chen, Simiao
Jin, Zhangfeng
Prettner, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 463
Abstract: 
We examine whether and how retirement affects migration decisions in China. Using a regression discontinuity (RD) design approach combined with a nationally representative sample of 228,855 adults aged between 40 and 75, we find that retirement increases the probability of migration by 12.9 percentage points. Approximately 38% of the total migration effects can be attributed to inter-temporal substitution (delayed migration). Retirement-induced migrants are lower-educated and have restricted access to social security. Household-level migration decisions can reconcile different migration responses across gender. Retirees migrate for risk sharing and family protection mechnisms, reducing market production of their families in the receiving households.
Subjects: 
Retirement
Migration decision
Regression discontinuity design
JEL: 
J14
J26
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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