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Differences in Opportunities? Wage, Employment and House-Price Effects on Migration

Rabe, B and Taylor, MP (2012) 'Differences in Opportunities? Wage, Employment and House-Price Effects on Migration.' Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74 (6). 831 - 855. ISSN 0305-9049

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Abstract

Most empirical studies of individual migration choice analyse factors associated with out-migration from an origin location. In contrast, we model the migration decision within the context of potential destinations, combining British panel data over the period 1992-2008 with other data sources. Contrary to earlier micro studies, we show that differences in house prices levels (but not growth) are important determinants of household migration for homeowners. Unemployed individuals respond to regional differences in expected individual wages, whereas the employed are more sensitive to employment opportunities. Our evidence is consistent with partners of heads of households being tied migrants. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 16:48
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7112

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