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The determinants of migrating with a pre-arranged job and of the initial duration of urban unemployment:An analysis based on Indian data on rural-to-urban migrants

Authors
Journal
Journal of Development Economics
0304-3878
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0304-3878(91)90040-3
Disciplines
  • Economics
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract Based on survey data on 1,400 rural migrants in Delhi, this paper examines within a multivariate context the determinants of migrating with a pre-arranged job and of the initial duration of urban unemployment. The results show that the probability of moving with a prearranged job increases with education and with age, and is higher for those who seek non-manual jobs. For migrants who arrive in the city without a pre-arranged job, unemployment duration depends on marital status, premigration information on urban employment opportunities, and on the reliance on contacts for job search.

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