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The Effect of Internal Migration on Regional Inequality in China: Evidence from Panel Data Analysis

Zhang, Xi (2015) The Effect of Internal Migration on Regional Inequality in China: Evidence from Panel Data Analysis. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The causes and consequences of labor migration have been widely studied in multiple disciplines. There is not much doubt that migration is driven to some extent by regional inequality, but the effect of migration on inequality is ambiguous in existing theories and empirical studies which often present mixed or even contradictory conclusions.

Focusing on China, this study aims to investigate the effects of internal migration on regional inequality via panel data analysis. It contributes to the literature by linking migration to inequality at both local growth channel and national dynamic channel. The panel data used in this study include all thirty-one province-level administrative units across China for the years
1992 through 2008. Fixed-effects method is adopted to control time-invariant, province-specific
characteristics and structural equations modeling strategy allows estimated coefficients to vary
across regions.

The empirical evidence from this study indicates that whether and how migration affect regional inequality depend on the developmental stages and industrial structures of involved areas. The analytic results also support the notion that the effects of migration on inequality change across regions and time periods. Not only do the findings contribute to the existing
debate, but also have important policy implications.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Zhang, Xixiz30@pitt.eduXIZ30
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSingh, Vijaisingh@pitt.eduSINGH
Committee MemberBrush, Lisalbrush@pitt.eduLBRUSH
Committee MemberHughes, Melaniehughesm@pitt.eduHUGHESM
Committee MemberRawski, Thomastgrawski@pitt.eduTGRAWSKI
Date: 23 June 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2015
Approval Date: 23 June 2015
Submission Date: 17 April 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 171
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Labor migration, inequality, China studies
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 18:25
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:27


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