Studies of migrant adjustment often conclude that results apply only to remaining migrants. This paper examines the potential bias in using the difference between remaining migrants and natives as a measure of migrant adjustment. The results document that differences between remaining migrants and natives contain bias caused by attrition due to repeat migration. Such bias is small, however, and is unlikely to change migrant-native comparisons. Unless one is concerned with details of differences between migrants and natives, it is unnecessary to be concerned about migration attrition bias in drawing conclusions from the observed differences.
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Initial funding for this research was provided through a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation postdoctoral fellowship (Grant 90-1673) at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I would like to thank the Carolina Population Center for its permission to use the data and Sidney Goldstein, Richard Bilsborrow, and anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of the paper.
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Yang, X. A sensitivity analysis of repeat migration attrition in the study of migrant adjustment: The case of Bangkok. Demography 31, 585–592 (1994). https://doi.org/10.2307/2061792
- Migration Behavior
- Labor Force Participation Rate
- Urban Migrant
- Recent Migrant
- Intended Mover