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Does Migration Lead to Regional Convergence in Russia?

Elena Vakulenko ()

Discussion Papers from CRISEI, University of Naples "Parthenope", Italy

Abstract: We analyze the impact of migration on wage, income and the unemployment rate. Using the official Russian statistical database from 1995 to 2010, we calculate a dynamic panel data model with spatial effects. There is a positive spatial effect for wage, income and unemployment rate. There is no significant impact of migration on the unemployment rate. We find a negative relationship between net internal migration and both wages and income, which is explained by the positive effect of emigration and negative effect of immigration for income. However, the migration benefits are not big enough to make a difference on the Gini index across regions. We conclude that migration does not affect the regional -convergence of economic indicators.

Keywords: convergence; migration; wage; income; unemployment rate; spatial dynamic panel data models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R23 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-geo, nep-mig, nep-tra and nep-ure
Date: 2015-03-06
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Journal Article: Does migration lead to regional convergence in Russia? (2016) Downloads
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