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What drives migration moves across urban areas in Spain? Evidence from the Great Recession

Celia Melguizo () and Vicente Royuela ()
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Celia Melguizo: Department of Econometrics, University of Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 696; 08034 Barcelona,Spain.

No 201717, IREA Working Papers from University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics

Abstract: In Spain, economic disparities between regions have traditionally played a relevant role in migration. Nevertheless, during the previous high-instability period, analyses provided conflicting results about the effect of these variables. In this work, we aim to determine the role that labour market factors play in internal migration during the Great Recession, paying special attention to the migration response of the heterogeneous population groups. To do so, we resort to an extended gravity model and we consider as a territorial unit the 45 Spanish Functional Urban Areas. Our results point to real wages as having a significant influence on migration motivations.

Keywords: Migration; Spanish urban areas; Labour market factors. JEL classification: C23; J61; R23. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2017-09, Revised 2017-10
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