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On the Dynamics of Interstate Migration: Migration Costs and Self-Selection

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  • Christian Bayer

    (University of Bonn)

  • Falko Juessen

    (University of Dortmund)

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This paper develops a dynamic structural model of migration decisions that is aggregated to describe the behavior of interregional migration. Our structural approach allows us to deal with dynamic self-selection problems that arise from the endogeneity of location choice and the persistence of migration incentives. The self-selection problem is solved by keeping track of the distribution of migration incentives over time. This econometric treatment has important consequences for the estimation of structural parameters such as migration costs. For US interstate migration, we obtain a cost estimate of roughly two-thirds of an average annual household income. We also show that the treatment of income persistence has important consequences for comparative statics of the model as well as microeconomic age patterns of migration. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 377-401

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Keywords: Dynamic self-selection; Dynamic discrete choise; Aggregate migration; Indirect inference;

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