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Internal Migration in Sweden: The Effects of Mobility Grants and Regional Labour Market Conditions

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The main purpose of this study is to investigate whether variations in mobility grants have affected internal migration in Sweden. The paper also contains an exploration of how changing labour market conditions influence the migratory behaviour of the unemployed in comparison with other individuals. The results indicate that total migration flows respond to changes in labour market conditions in accordance with predictions from economic theory. This finding seems mainly to stem from the migratory behaviour of the unemployed. Furthermore, non-matching migration subsidies at the levels employed are not found to be migration enhancing. Copyright Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishers Ltd. 1998.

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  • Olle Westerlund, 1998. "Internal Migration in Sweden: The Effects of Mobility Grants and Regional Labour Market Conditions," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 12(2), pages 363-388, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:12:y:1998:i:2:p:363-388
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