The deepening reform of the hukou status system will enable more rural migrants to realize the hukou status transformation and become permanent migrants in cities. Whether rural migrants can achieve the integration of subjective well-being in the city is related to the quality of new human-oriented urbanization. This paper utilizes CLDS2016 data to explore whether and how hukou status transformation affects rural migrants’ subjective well-being in urban China. Data summary shows that hukou status transformers, i.e. permanent migrants, have significantly higher happiness score than their rural migrant counterparts who have no hukou status transformation. Step regression and OB decomposition both indicate that the improvement of labor market, social security and social capital may be the main reasons why hukou status transformation can improve the subjective well-being of rural migrants. Comparatively speaking, the traditional factors such as income and demographic characteristics cannot explain the impact of hukou status transformation on the subjective well-being of rural migrants. An investigation of the subjective well-being status of permanent migrants and urban aborigines shows that there is no significant difference in happiness between permanent migrants and urban aborigines, that is, permanent migrants realize the urban integration of subjective well-being.
Hukou Status Transformation Affect Rural Migrants’ Subjective Well-being? An Empirical Study Based on CLDS Micro-data
Journal of Finance and Economics Vol. 45, Issue 05, pp. 58 - 71 (2019) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.jfe.2019.05.005
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Wen Xingxiang, Zheng Kai. How does Hukou Status Transformation Affect Rural Migrants’ Subjective Well-being? An Empirical Study Based on CLDS Micro-data[J]. Journal of Finance and Economics, 2019, 45(5): 58-71.
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