Administrative level, city tier, and air quality: contextual determinants of hukou conversion for migrants in China
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AbstractHukou reform and relevant policies are being implemented in current China, but the response of migrants to hukou conversion in destinations falls short of expectation. It is significant to understand how contextual factors in destination cities affect migrants’ willingness of hukou conversion. Considering administrative dimension, socio-economic dimension, and environmental dimension, this study focuses on migrants with settlement intention and examines the impact of administrative level, city tier, and air quality on their willingness of hukou conversion, using questionnaire data collected in 334 cities in 2017. It is found that migrants with settlement intention have a strong incentive to obtain local hukou in destination cities with high administrative levels and city tiers in the northeast, east, and middle China. This effect is increasingly significant for destinations from southwest to northeast China. While in cities with lower city tiers, migrants with settlement intention are less willing to obtain local hukou in the destination. Air quality has a limited impact on migrants’ willingness of hukou conversion. But the role of air quality varies among different regions. These findings support that both environmental protection and economic development are important to promote urbanization in China.
All Author(s) ListWang Chenglong, Shen Jianfa, Liu Ye
Journal nameComputational Urban Science
Volume Number1
Issue Number1
Article number6
Pages1 - 16
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsAdministrative level, City tier, PM 2.5, Hukou conversion, Settlement intention, Internal migration

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