Market mechanisms and migrant settlement intentions in urban China

Yeqing Huang*, Fei Guo, Zhiming Cheng

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines the settlement intentions of migrants based on original survey data collected from four large Chinese cities. Despite the long-lasting institutional effects of the hukou (household registration) system, market mechanisms are becoming increasingly important in affecting migrant settlement intentions. Although rural hukou holders are more likely to return to their places of origin, migrants who have received higher education, who are self-employed or who own homes are more willing to permanently settle in cities. The influences of market mechanisms are also reflected in recent policy reforms related to education, housing and the hukou system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-42
Number of pages21
JournalAsian Population Studies
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • China
  • Migrant
  • settlement intention


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