Marital stability in the process of temporary migration


MA Zhongdong;SHI Zhilei


Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;School of Public Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law


In this study, we construct a multidimensional framework for analyzing marital stability among floating population, and test the hypotheses based on a large sample survey of 157,535 migrants’ households in 106 cities in China. The prevalent divorce rates among floating population are of clear features by age, education and region. The rate is higher for older, more educated and urban-registered residents. By provincial region, the divorce rate of inflow migrants is similar to that of outflow migrants, reflecting regionalized cultural effects on marriage. The risk of divorce is enhanced in the migration process during which the quality of marriage declines, the opportunities of contacting with the opposite sex increase, and the search costs for marriage decline. Regression results show that the divorced possibility is higher for solely moved husbands (than wives) who migrate for a longer period and over a shorter distance.


floating population;divorce rate;marriage matching;marital quality


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