We thank Stephen Jenkins, Cheti Nicoletti, Steve Pudney and two anonymous referees for their useful comments and suggestions. This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) (award no. RES-518-28-001). British Household Panel Survey data are available from the UK Data Archive (http://www.data-archive.ac.uk).
Differences in Opportunities? Wage, Employment and House-Price Effects on Migration*
Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2012
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2012
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Volume 74, Issue 6, pages 831–855, December 2012
How to Cite
Rabe, B. and Taylor, M. P. (2012), Differences in Opportunities? Wage, Employment and House-Price Effects on Migration. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74: 831–855. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00682.x
- Issue online: 26 OCT 2012
- Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2012
- Final Manuscript Received: October 2011
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.