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Inter-regional Migration: The UK experience

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  • Tapan Biswas
  • Jo McHardy

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Michael Nolan

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This paper looks at the scenario of intra-UK migration amongst its four regions. The level of intra-UK migration is significant and is increasing over time. Using several measures of the balance in migration we observe that, broadly speaking, the balance is improving. We also examine the impact of changes in the regional per capita GDPs and unemployment levels on regional migration using panel analysis. Several authors find these to be significant factors in international migration. However, it seems that neither regional per capita GDP nor the unemployment level has a significant effect on regional migration in the UK (although the regression coefficients have the correct signs). In the case of regional migration in the UK, it is other characteristics of the source and destination regions which appear to matter most.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008003.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2008
Date of revision: Feb 2008
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2008003

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Keywords: Inter-Regional Migration; UK;

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  1. Hatton, Timothy J. & Tani, Massimiliano, 2003. "Immigration and Inter-Regional Mobility in the UK, 1982-2000," CEPR Discussion Papers 4061, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  5. Tapan Biswas & Jolian McHardy, 2001. "On the intensity and balance of intra-European migration," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 505-520.
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