Tuesday, February 28, 2017

8 March 2017: A longitudinal analysis of internal migration, divorce and well-being in China

Alok Bhargava
University of Maryland, United States

Chair: Ali Mehdi

The rapid economic growth in China has been accompanied by increases in levels of internal migration and marital dissolution. The problems are compounded by preference for sons and one-child policy. In light of this, Dr Bhargava would present his analysis of internal migration, divorce and well-being in China. Using longitudinal data from China Health and Nutrition Surveys covering over 19,000 individuals during 1989-2011, his paper has modeled the inter-relationships between internal migration, divorce and individual well-being, tackling methodological aspects such as joint determination of variables. The seminar would also elaborate on the key findings of the analysis. First, random effects probit models showed that migration periods significantly increased the chances of divorce. Second, having sons implied more stable marriages for men reflecting a son-preference. Third, results from dynamic random effects models for self-reported health showed different effects of separation periods for men and women; divorce did not significantly lower the health status. Fourth, dynamic models for systolic and diastolic blood pressures showed significant effects of Body Mass Index and alcohol intake. Further, implications of the findings for health policies will be discussed.

Date: March 8, 2017
Time: 04:00 P.M.

ICRIER Conference Room,
Core 6A, 4th Floor,
India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road,
New Delhi – 110 003(INDIA)


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