Migration and Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Latin America

Cárdenas, Mauricio; Di Maro, Vincenzo; Sorkin, Isaac
March 2009
Journal of Business Strategies;Spring2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p9
Academic Journal
Using data from the Gallup World Poll and Latinobarómetro, we examine the relationship between life satisfaction, vulnerabilities, and migration in Latin America. We look at three kinds of insecurities: nutritional, personal, and job insecurity. We find that controlling for income, migration experience by a household member increases life satisfaction of the respondent. We also find, however, that nutritional insecurities interact negatively with migration. In other words, hunger has a devastating effect on happiness, especially in households where a member is absent due to migration.


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