【10月30日】Migration and Health Outcomes of Left-Behind Elderly in Rural China发布日期：2019-09-12 21:11:00
主 题：Migration and Health Outcomes of Left-Behind Elderly in Rural China
主讲人：谢镇荣博士现任中国人力资本与劳动经济研究中心助理教授，2013年在Boston University获得经济学博士学位，主要研究领域包括发展经济学和环境经济学等。研究成果发表在Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference等会议。
This paper examines whether migration of adult children adversely affects the health of the left-behind elderly in rural China. Establishing causal effect is complicated by the fact that there may be unobserved factors influencing both child migration and health of the elderly. I address this endogeneity by using instrumental variable method. The findings show that child migration reduces the health of the elderly, with both physical health and mental health deteriorating with migration of adult children. However, the left-behind elderly report lower difficulty with activities of daily living (ADL). One possible explanation is that they need to rely on themselves upon child migration, which can drive them tougher to handle activities of daily living.