Investigating the effects of employment-housing change on migration: evidence from Japan
Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Population Geography
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 189–212, May/June 2001
How to Cite
Portnov, B. A., Kim, D.-C. and Ishikawa, Y. (2001), Investigating the effects of employment-housing change on migration: evidence from Japan. Int. J. Popul. Geogr., 7: 189–212. doi: 10.1002/ijpg.218
- Issue online: 22 JUN 2001
- Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 FEB 2001
- Manuscript Revised: 11 JAN 2001
- Manuscript Received: 22 SEP 2000
- internal migration;
- employment— housing interlink;
- hyperbolic tangent transformation
The effect of employment growth on internal migration depends on corresponding adjustments of the local housing market. If employment growth in a geographical area is accompanied by a sharp increase in housing prices, the net outcome may be net out-migration rather than migration gain. In the present paper, this concept is tested using statistical data available for 47 prefectures in Japan. The analysis covers the two five-year periods of 1983–87 and 1988–92, and confirms that the use of a combined representation of employment and housing variables makes it possible to improve considerably the performance of an empirical migration model. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.