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Migration Determinants at a Local Level

  • Arauzo Carod, Josep Maria
  • Liviano Solís, Daniel
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    This paper is about determinants of migration at a local level. We use data from Catalan municipalities in order to understand what explains migration patterns trying to identify whether they are main explained by amenities or economic characteristics. We distinguish three typologies of migration in terms of distance travelled: short-distance, short-medium-distance and medium-distance and we hypothesize whether migration determinants vary across these groups. Our results show that, effectively, there are some noticeable differences, suggest that spatial issues must be taken into account and provide some insights for future research. Keywords: population dynamics, spatial econometrics. JEL codes: C21, R0, R23

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    Paper provided by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2072/220224.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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