Click here for search results
Telecommunications externality on migration : evidence from Chinese Villages
 
Author:Lu, Yi; Xie, Huihua; Xu, Lixin Colin; Collection Title:Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 105Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6644
Country:China; Date Stored:2013/10/07
Document Date:2013/10/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS6644SubTopics:Access to Finance; Population Policies; E-Business; ICT Policy and Strategies; Anthropology
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This paper uses a unique natural experiment in Chinese villages to investigate whether access to telecommunications-- in particular, landline phones -- increases the likelihood of outmigration. By using regional and time variations in the installation of landline phones, the difference-in-differences estimation shows that access to landline phones increases the ratio of out-migrant workers by 2 percentage points, or about 50 percent of the sample mean in China. The results remain robust to a battery of validity checks. Furthermore, landline phones affect outmigration through two channels: information access to job opportunities and timely contact with left-behind family members. The findings underscore the positive migration externality of expanding telecommunications access in rural areas, especially in places where migration potential is large.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 37 pagesOfficial version*2.59 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/8E5O4A0840