Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/39889
Authors: 
Borraz, Fernando
Pozo, Susan
Rossi, Máximo
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zürich 2008 2
Abstract: 
In this study we use data on subjective well being and migration in Cuenca, one of the Ecuador's largest cities. We examine the impact of migration on the happiness of the family left behind. We use the propensity score matching estimator to take into account the endogeneity of migration. Our results indicate that migration reduces the happiness of those left behind. We also find that the monetary inflows (remittances) that accompany migration do not increase happiness levels among recipients. These results suggest that the family left behind cannot be compensated, for the increase in unhappiness that it sustains on account of the emigration of loved ones, with remittances from abroad.
Subjects: 
Happiness
migration
remittances
JEL: 
A12
F22
I31
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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