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Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants

Journal article
Authors Alpaslan Akay
O. Bargain
K. F. Zimmermann
Published in Journal of Human Resources
Volume 52
Issue 2
Pages 351-373
ISSN 0022-166X
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 351-373
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.3368/jhr.52.2.0115-69...
Keywords GERMANY FOLLOWING REUNIFICATION, INCOME COMPARISONS, LIFE SATISFACTION, EASTERLIN PARADOX, RELATIVE-INCOME, URBAN MIGRANTS, HAPPINESS, DETERMINANTS, UNEMPLOYMENT, ADAPTATION
Subject categories Economics, International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Abstract

This paper examines whether the subjective well-being of migrants is responsive to fluctuations in macroeconomic conditions in their country of origin. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel for the years 1984 to 2009 and macroeconomic variables for 24 countries of origin, we exploit country year variation for identification of the effect and panel data to control for migrants' observed and unobserved characteristics. We find strong evidence that migrants' well-being responds negatively to an increase in the GDP of their home country. That is, migrants seem to regard home countries as natural comparators, which grounds the idea of relative deprivation underlying the decision to migrate. The effect declines with years-since-migration and with the degree of assimilation in Germany.

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