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Does migration lead to regional convergence in Russia?

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  • Elena Vakulenko

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    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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We analyze the impact of migration on wages, income and the unemployment rate. Using the official Russian statistical database from 1995 to 2010, we calculate a dynamic panel data model with spatial effects. There is a positive spatial effect for wages and unemployment. There is no significant impact of migration on the unemployment rate. We find a negative relationship between net internal migration and both wages and income, which is explained by the positive effect of emigration. However, the migration benefits are not big enough to make a difference on the Gini index across regions. We conclude that migration does not affect the regional convergence of economic indicators.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 53/EC/2014.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 2014
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Economics / EC, February 2014, pages 1-29
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:53/ec/2014

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Keywords: convergence; migration; wage; income; unemployment rate; spatial dynamic panel data models.;

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