Migrant-family background and subjective well-being: Evidence using Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition

Authors

  • Edsel L Beja Ateneo de Manila University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v15i3.361

Keywords:

Migration, subjective well-being, decomposition

Abstract

The paper examines the subjective well-being of individuals with migrant-family background and individuals with no migrant-family background. The subjective well-being of the former group is on average lowerthan thelatter group. Blinder-Oaxaca decompositionfinds that thegap in their subjective well-being is not explainedby differences in socioeconomic profile and socialcontext.Rather thegap ismainly due tothe unexplained componentof theanalysis, which the paperinterpretsintwoways.First,theunexplainedcomponentrepresentsthelatent social biases against individualswithmigrant heritage.Second,the unexplained component also represents the overall effect ofpersonality, attitude, and migrant culture on the subjective well-being of individuals with migrant heritage. 

Author Biography

Edsel L Beja, Ateneo de Manila University

Professor of Economics & RCW Professor

Published

2018-07-07

How to Cite

Beja, E. L. (2018). Migrant-family background and subjective well-being: Evidence using Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition. Migration Letters, 15(3), 399-408. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v15i3.361

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