Sense of belonging, international migrants’ spending, and implications for their subjective well‐being

Hang, Haiming and Zhong, Jing Yang (2022) Sense of belonging, international migrants’ spending, and implications for their subjective well‐being. International Journal of Consumer Studies. ISSN 1470-6423

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Abstract

A lack of a sense of belonging in the host country has become one of the most common challenges facing international migrants in today’s sociopolitical environment. Our two online experiments with 881 international migrant workers in the United States jointly demonstrate that, to cope with their lack of a sense of belonging in the host country, international migrants may spend money suboptimally: more on material purchases but less on experiential and prosocial purchases. More importantly, our studies suggest that prosocial purchases are more effective than experiential purchases in increasing international migrants’ subjective well-being. This is because prosocial purchases can lead to both relatedness need satisfaction and beneficence, with each independently contributing to international migrants’ subjective well-being. Our research suggests that public policymakers should address the social exclusion international migrants experience when moving to a new country because it can have a negative impact on their subjective well-being. Our research further suggests that one way to mitigate social exclusion is to encourage international migrants to spend money on others rather than themselves.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12807
Dates:
DateEvent
16 March 2022Accepted
21 March 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: subjective well-being, international migrants, experiential consumption, prosocial spending, sense of belongingness
Subjects: CAH17 - business and management > CAH17-01 - business and management > CAH17-01-01 - business and management (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Department of Strategy, Management and Marketing
Depositing User: Jing Yang Zhong
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 11:53
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 11:53
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12974

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