Guanghua School of Management
Beijing, China 100871
Institutional Affiliation: Peking University
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|January 2010||Peer Migration in China|
with Yuyu Chen, Ginger Zhe Jin: w15671
We aim to quantify the role of social networks in job-related migration. With over 130 million rural labors migrating to the city each year, China is experiencing the largest internal migration in the human history. Using instrumental variables in the 2006 China Agricultural Census, we find that a 10-percentage-point increase in the migration rate of co-villagers raises one's migration probability by 7.27 percent points, an effect comparable to an increase of education by 7-8 years. Evidence suggests that most of this effect is driven by co-villagers helping each other in moving cost and job search at the destination.