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Voting with your feet in the United Kingdom: using cross-migration rates to estimate relative living standards

  • Howard J. Wall

This paper reexamines and extends the literature on the use of migration rates to estimate compensating differentials as measures of regional quality of life. I estimate an interregional migration regression for the UK and use the results to measure regional quality of life and standard of living. The results suggest a North-South divide within England, and that Scotland and Wales have relatively high levels of both. The results also lead to a rejection of regional standard-of-living equivalence (long-run regional equilibrium) in the UK

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Date of creation: 1999
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Publication status: Published in Papers in Regional Science, January 2001, 80(1), pp. 1-23
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:1999-006
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