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Kinship matters : long-term mortality consequences of childhood migration, historical evidence from Northeast China, 1792-1909

Authors Dong, Hao
Issue Date 2012
Summary This paper is one of the first studies to shed light on the long-term mortality consequences of migration and resettlement on children. I also explore one pathway for such early-life experience by including kin density as a measure of social integration at destination. I trace 30517 males (542 of whom have childhood migration) from childhood onwards, living in 517 northeast China villages between 1792 and 1909. I take advantage of discrete-time event-history method and introduce fixed effect of grandfather to account for unobservable characteristics of extended family. From age 16 to 47, good social integration at destination mediates the negative effects of childhood migration and lowers mortality risks. Moreover, earlier child migrants who survive to age 47 experience lower mortality than others. Such findings help understand better the general implications of social behavior and social context for human health.
Note Thesis (M.Phil.)--Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2012
Language English
Format Thesis
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