Gender differences in determinants of temporary labor migration in China

A multilevel analysis

X. Yang, F. Guo

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Data from a 1988 migration survey in Hubei province are used to examine gender differences in the determinants of temporary labor migration from a multi-level perspective. We find that community level factors play a key role in temporary labor migration; models omitting community-level variables are poor in predicting temporary labor migration. Significant gender differences exist in determinants of temporary labor migration. For men, temporary labor migration is mainly a response to community level factors; individual or household characteristics have little predictive power. For women, by contrast, temporary labor migration is predominantly determined by individual characteristics; community level factors are not as important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-953
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


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