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Joint Labor Economics, Development Economics & CICER Workshop - Shing-Yi Wang

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:40am

Shing-Yi Wang

University of Pennsylvania

115 Ives Hall


This paper exploits a unique feature of China's history, the \sent-down youth" (SDY) program, to study the eects of access to internal migration. We show that temporary migration due to the
SDY program created lasting inter-province links. We interact these links with two time-varying pull measures in potential destinations. Decades after the SDY program ended, increased access to
migration in cities which sent SDY leads to higher rates of migration from provinces where those SDY resided. We nd that improved access to migration leads to lower consumption volatility and
lower asset-holding. Furthermore, household production shifts into high-risk, high-return activities.

Event Categories: Development