Migration Experience of Village Leaders and Local Economic Development: Evidence from Rural China

17 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2012

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Feng Hu

University of Science and Technology Beijing

Sanmang Wu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May‐June 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of migration experience of village leaders on local economic development, based on the village‐level data of the 2005 China General Social Survey. Our results show that the human capital of village leaders accumulated during the migration period has had a positive effect on per capita net income and per capita non‐agricultural income in rural China. The migration experience of village leaders also plays a positive role in entrepreneurial activities in rural regions. From a policy perspective, these findings call attention to the importance of harnessing potential benefits of return migration to local economic development in rural China.

Keywords: China, entrepreneurship, migration, rural economy, village leader

JEL Classification: J24, J61, P25

Suggested Citation

Hu, Feng and Wu, Sanmang, Migration Experience of Village Leaders and Local Economic Development: Evidence from Rural China (May‐June 2012). China & World Economy, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 37-53, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2073155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-124X.2012.01286.x

Feng Hu

University of Science and Technology Beijing ( email )

Sanmang Wu

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