Neighborhood Effects and Durables Consumption: Evidence from Rural-Urban Migrants in China.
Abstract: Whether rural-urban migrants can survive in cities and blend into
the mainstream culture is of great significance to the urbanization of China. Using panel
data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey from 1993 to 2009, this paper is designed
to search for evidence of neighborhood income and education effects on durables consumption
among migrant households. Neighborhood effects i... read moren consumption may occur among neighbors
through information sharing. Migrants' psychological factors, such as conformity and
jealousy, can also result in peer pressure from neighbors. Based on the estimation results
of the reduced form social interaction model, evidence of neighborhood effects is found in
the ownership of air conditioners, cameras, microwave ovens and computers. Economically,
the income effects from non-migrant neighbors are more influential, while the education
effects within the circle of migrant households are dominant. These results have immediate
policy relevance in understanding the consumption patterns of migrant workers in
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics.
Advisor: David Garman.
Committee: Jeffrey Zabel.
Keywords: Economics, and Agriculture economics.read less