“Social Networks and Wages: Empirical Evidence from Migrant Workers in China”, World Economic Papers, No. 6, pp. 74~84.
- Whether and how will migrant workers’ social networks influence their wage?
- Migrant workers’ social networks at both community level and household level have rare direct impact on their job opportunities and wages.
- Social networks at household level can increase mobility of migrant workers, so that they can migrate for longer distance and get more and better job opportunities.
- This paper finds that social networks at household level have only indirect effect on migrant workers’ wages. It further points out that the mechanism for this indirect effect is to give migrant workers more opportunities by diminishing costs for longer-distance migration.
- Survey was conducted by local bureau of statistics in 2003 and the database was constructed in 2004. 10 provinces were stratified selected and in each province 300 rural households in 30 villages out of 3 counties were randomly selected. The sample size of migrant workers in this paper is 1361.