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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.13 Migration and Its Effects on Relative Deprivation and Health in China: Evidence from a National Survey

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Since the opening reforms, China has been facing rapidly increasing rural-to-urban migration. The large-scale migration brings about many noticeable issues in China, like migrants’ poor health and their perceived relative deprivation. Previous studies have revealed that migrants may experience a health depletion with longer stay in the migration destinations, and individual perceived relative deprivation is associated with poor health via psychosocial factors. During the migration process, it is highly possible that rural-to-urban migrants perceive relative deprivation influenced by China’s urban-rural gap. Therefore, it is of interest to examine the role of migrants’ perceived relative deprivation in the relationship between migration and health outcomes. Three questions are: Does migration contribute to health depletion of rural-to-urban migrants? Does migration conduce to increasing relative deprivation of rural-to-urban migrants? Does relative deprivation mediate the associations between migration and health outcomes? China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) provides nationally representative, longitudinal and comprehensive data. Employing two-wave data from CFPS (2012 & 2014) via STATA 13.0, this research first will examine whether migration contributes to health depletion and increasing relative deprivation respectively using propensity score matching (PIM) and the difference-in-difference (DID) models. Then, this research will test whether relative deprivation mediates the associations between migration and health outcomes via longitudinal mediation. Anticipated outcomes and implications: This research will find the inter-relationship between rural-to-urban migration, relative deprivation, and health outcomes using panel data, which may provide references for policy makers to improve health status of rural-to-urban migrants.


Zihong Deng, The University of Hong Kong; Yik Wa Law, The University of Hong Kong


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)