Internal migration, social stratification and dynamic effects on subjective well being


Erlinghagen, Marcel ; Kern, Christoph ; Stein, Petra


URL: https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336059081...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: SOEP papers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research
Volume: 1046
Place of publication: Berlin
Publishing house: DIW
ISSN: 1864-6689
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Statistik u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Methodenlehre (Kreuter 2014-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Using German panel data and relying on internal relocation, this paper investigates the anticipation and adaptation of subjective well-being (SWB) in the course of migration. We hypothesize that SWB correlates with the process of migration, and that such correlations are at least partly socially stratified. Our fixed-effects regressions show no evidence of any anticipation of SWB before the event of migration, but a highly significant and sustained positive adaptation effect. In general, internal migration seems to lead to a long-lasting increase in SWB. This is found to be the case for almost all analyzed socioeconomic and socio-demographic subgroups. The migration distance, the reasons for migration, and the individuals’ socio-demographic characteristics do not appear to have any important effects on the overall observed pattern. Our results suggest that regional mobility is less a response to certain stressors, but is, rather, a response to an opportunity to improve job- or housing-related living conditions, and that these improved conditions are reflected in individuals’ SWB. Thus, migration under these circumstances is triggered by opportunities rather than by constraints.

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Erlinghagen, Marcel ; Kern, Christoph ORCID: 0000-0001-7363-4299 ; Stein, Petra (2019) Internal migration, social stratification and dynamic effects on subjective well being. SOEP papers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research Berlin 1046 [Working paper]


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