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International Migration and Regional Housing Markets: Evidence from France

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  • D'Albis, Hippolyte

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    (University of Toulouse I)

  • Boubtane, Ekrame

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    (CERDI, University of Auvergne)

  • Coulibaly, Dramane

    ()

    (CEPII, Paris)

This article examines the causal relations between non-European immigration and the characteristics of the housing market in host regions. We constructed a unique database from administrative records and used it to assess annual migration flows into France's 22 administrative regions from 1990 to 2013. We then estimated various panel VAR models, taking into account GDP per capita and the unemployment rate as the main regional economic indicators. We find that immigration has no significant effect on property prices, but that higher property prices significantly reduce immigration rates. We also find no significant relationship between immigration and social housing supply.

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Date of creation: Jan 2017
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