“The Role of Migrant Networks in Labor Migration: The Case of China”, Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 500-511
- To investigate the role of migrant networks in determining labor migration and the channel which makes it work.
- The more experienced migrants a village has, the more likely it is for others to choose migration. However, the effect disappears once a migrant returns home.
- It provides a village level measure of migration networks which goes beyond the household or individual level measure of direct kinship.
- It considers characteristics for a (potential) migrant in three levels: individual level, household level, and village level, to discompose the influence on migration through all channels.
- A rural household survey was conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1999. It contains data from six provinces including Hebei, Shaanxi, Anhui, Hunan, Sichuan and Zhejiang. Two counties in each province, three township in each county, one administrative village in each township, and three natural villages in each village were chosen for the survey. Seven to eight households in each village group were randomly chosen. The total number of households interviewed is 824.