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Estimating Interregional Utility Differentials

  • Kentaro Nakajima

    (Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Takatoshi Tabuchi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

The examination of long-term Japanese data on interregional migration revealed three stylized facts of migration behavior. Based on the facts, we formulated an operational model and estimated interregional utility differentials. We found that the interregional utility differentials have been converging until the late 1970s. We showed that the utility estimates are highly correlated with per capita real income. We also applied the model to interregional migration in the United States and Canada as well as the interindustry movement in Japan and confirmed the model's validity.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-496.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2007cf496
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