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Inter-Regional Migration in Transition Economies: The Case of Poland


  • Subrata Ghatak
  • Alan Mulhern
  • John Watson


In this paper, we modify the Harris-Todaro model of migration to incorporate the impact of human capital, housing stock, and the availability of publicly provided goods such as healthcare and road provision in order to analyze the determinants of migration in different regions of Poland. We apply the Seemingly Unrelated Regression Equation (SURE) model to investigate the data. Our results show that GDP per capita, unemployment, and distance have a strong effect on regional migration in Poland. Human capital is also an important explanatory factor as is the provision of key publicly provided facilities such as roads. The lack of housing in Poland is important in explaining the low levels of internal migration. Copyright © 2008 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Subrata Ghatak & Alan Mulhern & John Watson, 2008. "Inter-Regional Migration in Transition Economies: The Case of Poland," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 12(1), pages 209-222, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rdevec:v:12:y:2008:i:1:p:209-222

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