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Life Cycle And Migration To Urban And Rural Areas: Estimation Of A Mixed Logit Model On French Data


  • Cécile Détang-Dessendre
  • Florence Goffette-Nagot
  • Virginie Piguet


This paper examines which types of individuals are attracted to or repelled from rural and urban areas in France. Migration decisions among urban centers, suburbs, and rural areas are examined for three age groups. Differences between locations are assumed to be driven by agglomeration economies and externalities resulting from densities. We therefore stress the role of labor-market size, land markets, and commuting time in migration decisions. The results from multinomial mixed logits show that large labor markets attract the youngest and in particular educated individuals. Larger family size favors migration from city centers to suburbs, whereas divorce and widowhood increase the probability of moving to an urban center. Copyright (c) 2008, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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  • Cécile Détang-Dessendre & Florence Goffette-Nagot & Virginie Piguet, 2008. "Life Cycle And Migration To Urban And Rural Areas: Estimation Of A Mixed Logit Model On French Data," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(4), pages 789-824.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:48:y:2008:i:4:p:789-824

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