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The Impact of Internal Migration on Local Labour Markets in Thailand

  • Eliane El Badaoui
  • Eric Strobl
  • Frank Walsh

We estimate the impact of internal migration on local labour markets in Thailand. Using an instrumental variable approach based on weather and distance we estimate an exogenous measure of the net migration inflow into each region. Our results show that instrumenting for the possible endogeneity of net inward migration is crucial to the analysis. The results suggest that wages of low skill male workers are highly flexible with substantial adjustments in hours worked and weekly wages in response to short term changes in labour supply. We find no effect on high skilled workers.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-071.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-071
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