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Countryside abandoned? Suburbanization and mobility in Sweden


  • Lena Magnusson
  • Bengt Turner


Regional differences have been increasing in Sweden. Over the last five to ten years, several municipalities have lost well over 1 per cent per annum of their population through a net outmigration to metropolitan regions and university cities. Losses of inhabitants normally have a negative effect on the housing market. Prices of owner-occupied dwellings decrease and vacancies occur in the rented sector. This paper aims to analyse the differences between depopulating municipalities. In some cases a net loss in population is compatible with a net migration of elderly households and middle-aged families - even when there is a massive outmigration of young people. A regression model shows that municipalities in a coastal location, with good living conditions and a strong housing market, also have a net inmigration of middle-aged or elderly households. The analysis also shows that a net outmigration is not always in conflict with a dynamic housing market. If there is a reasonably large inmigration of middle-aged or elderly households, the housing market conditions can still be favourable.

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  • Lena Magnusson & Bengt Turner, 2003. "Countryside abandoned? Suburbanization and mobility in Sweden," European Journal of Housing Policy, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 35-60, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjhp:v:3:y:2003:i:1:p:35-60

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    1. P A Morrison, 1973. "Theoretical Issues in the Design of Population Mobility Models," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 5(1), pages 125-134, February.
    2. P A Morrison, 1973. "Theoretical issues in the design of population mobility models," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 5(1), pages 125-134, January.
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    1. Karolien De Bruyne & Jan Van Hove, 2013. "Explaining the spatial variation in housing prices: an economic geography approach," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(13), pages 1673-1689, May.
    2. Karolien De Bruyne & Jan Van Hove, "undated". "Explaining Spatial Variation in Housing Prices: An Economic Geography Approach," Regional and Urban Modeling 283600023, EcoMod.

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