Journal of Chinese Political Science

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 563–583 | Cite as

Does Labor Migration Improve Access to Public Goods in Source Communities? Evidence from Rural China

  • Elise Pizzi


What is the effect of out-migration on drinking water provision in rural China? Despite concerns about the ability of migrants to contribute to collective action for public goods provision, this study demonstrates that villages with higher rates of labor migration are more likely to have public drinking water than those with little migration. Temporary labor migration reduces isolation and increases connections outside the village. External funding sources including county governments favor villages where they have contacts as well as villages that need more support because most working-age adults are working outside the village. As a result, villages with high rates of out-migration are more likely have public access to drinking water. The findings are based on data from a survey of more than 50 natural villages in two townships of Southwest China.


Migration Public Goods China Governance Rural Development 


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  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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