Master's Theses

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Economics and Business

First Advisor

Marta Bengoa

Second Advisor

Kevin Foster

Keywords

China, internal migration, health outcomes, blood pressure

Abstract

Over one hundred million rural Chinese residents have migrated to urban areas within China for work. In cities, these workers often lack access to health insurance and licensed healthcare. Migrants are also more likely to work in dangerous jobs and to participate in high-risk behaviors. This paper analyzes two health indicators, blood pressure and grip strength, to determine if migrant status can predict health. This paper determines that migrant status is a significant predictor for blood pressure and grip strength, albeit in models with low predictive ability. However, the length of time since a person migrated is not a significant predictor of health indicators.

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