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|Type of Document
||An assessment of the determinants of interprovincial migration in China, 1982-1987
||Master of Science
|Fuller, Theodore D.
|Flora, Cornelia Butler
|Wimberley, Dale W.
|Date of Defense
This study attempted to assess the major determinants of
interprovincial migration in the People's Republic of China. The findings
suggest that the classical gravity and pull-push hypotheses can also find
supporting evidence in the People's Republic of China. Basically, the
differential socio-economic characteristics and circumstances determined
interprovincial population movement, but relatively speaking, the
destination factors played more important roles. Among the variables
examined in the study, destination investment and agricultural income
level had the strongest pull-force on migrants. On the other hand,
unemployment of destination was found to have a push-force discouraging
migrants. From the contrast between the positive effect of the destination
investment and negative one of the destination unemployment, a conclusion
was drawn that the interprovincial migration was largely job-related.
Moreover, people in the origin with a higher level of industrialization
were less likely to migrate. The analysis also found that the higher level
of educational attainment at the origin relative to that at the
destination, the higher the migration. In addition, in spite of the
similar influence of population and distance on male and female migration
streams, the socio-economic conditions affected male migration stream to
a larger extent than female migration streams.
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