Research Seminar in Economics: Social Assimilation and Labor Market Outcomes of Migrants in China
Abstract: Previous research has found identity to be relevant for international migration, but has neglected internal mobility as in the case of the Great Chinese Migration. However, the context of the identities of migrants and their adaption in the migration process is likely to be quite different. The gap is closed by examining social assimilation and the effect on the labourmarket outcomes of migrants in China, the country with the largest record of internal mobility. Using instrumental variable estimation, the study finds that identifying as local residents significantly increase migrants’ hourly wages and reduce hours worked, although their monthly earnings remained barely changed. Further findings suggest that migrants with strong local identity are more likely to use local networks in job search, and to obtain jobs with higher average wages and lower average hours worked per day.
Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann is Co-Director POP at UNU-MERIT, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at Bonn University and President of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). Honorary Professor of the Free University Berlin (since 2001), Honorary Professor of the Renmin University of China in Beijing (since 2006), Honorary Professor of Maastricht University (since 2016) and Honorary Professor of Lixin University in Shanghai (since 2019). He is a member of the Leopoldina (the German Academy of Sciences), the Academia Europaea (the European Academy of Sciences) and the Regional Science Academy. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Population Economics (since 1988).The Seminar will be held digitally. To receive the event details and invitation link, please sign up here.
Zeit & Ort
29.04.2021 | 12:15 - 13:30