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The urban hierarchy and domestic migration: the interaction of internal migration, disposable income and the cost of living, Sweden 1993-2002
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Economic Geography, ISSN 1468-2702, E-ISSN 1468-2710, Vol. 11, no 6, 1051-1077 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines household gains and losses from migration within the Swedish urban hierarchy. The central questions focus on whether increases in disposable income outweigh the associated changes in housing costs, especially with movements up (and down) the urban hierarchy, to (and from) larger and more expensive population-growth regions. The questions are addressed using Swedish Census data for 3.5 million individuals and two fixed-effect panel models are estimated for four consecutive time-periods, 1993–2002. The results consistently show relatively higher increases in disposable income moving up the urban hierarchy. Taking changes in housing expenditure into account, this pattern is however reversed; the largest gains are made by households moving from larger to smaller labour markets, a significantly smaller share of total domestic migration. The results point to factors beyond short-term nominal income gains as important in explaining the bulk of domestic migration.

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2011. Vol. 11, no 6, 1051-1077 p.
Keyword [en]
local labour markets regional migration disposable income
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Economic Geography
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70573DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbq043ISI: 000295934500006OAI: diva2:573677

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Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2013-10-08Bibliographically approved

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