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Did Migration in the 1980s Narrow the North-South Divide?

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  • Hughes, Gordon
  • McCormick, Barry
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    This paper integrates empirical analysis of the decision to migrate from a region with that of destination choice. Thus, the authors are able to study how net migration, and not just gross outflows, are influenced by regional labor-market circumstances. The results suggest that relative regional wages rates, but not relative unemployment and vacancy rates, are effective in reallocating labor from regions experiencing adverse demand shocks. The authors find little evidence that manual labor is migrating from those regions with relatively high manual unemployment but that migration plays a more conventional role in the regional adjustment process for nonmanual workers. Copyright 1994 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics and Political Science in its journal Economica.

    Volume (Year): 61 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 244 (November)
    Pages: 509-27

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    1. Mika Haapanen, 1998. "Internal Migration and Labour Market Transitions of Unemployment Workers," Discussion Papers 179, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
    2. Andrew B. Bernard & Stephen Redding & Peter K. Schott & Helen Simpson, 2002. "Factor price equalization in the UK?," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 3704, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    3. Faini, Riccardo & Galli, Giampaolo & Gennari, Pietro & Rossi, Fulvio, 1997. "An empirical puzzle: Falling migration and growing unemployment differentials among Italian regions," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 41(3-5), pages 571-579, April.
    4. Partridge, Mark & Betz, Mike, 2012. "Country Road Take Me Home: Migration Patterns in the Appalachia America and Place-Based Policy," MPRA Paper 38293, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Agiomirgianakis, George M., 1998. "Monetary Policy Games and International Migration of Labor in Interdependent Economies," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 243-266, April.
    6. Jekaterina Dmitrijeva, 2008. "Matching and Labour Market Efficiency across Space and through EU accession: Evidence from Latvia, Estonia and Slovenia," Documents de recherche 08-05, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.

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