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Migrant Networks and Destination Choice: Evidence from Moves across Turkish Provinces

Abdurrahman Aydemir () and Erkan Duman ()

Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers from Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum

Abstract: This paper estimates effects of birth place migration networks and other location attributes on destination choices of internal migrants conditional on migration. We also study heterogeneity in the role of these factors for migrant types who differ by skill group, age at migration, and reason of migration. We use data on male migrants from three rounds of Turkish censuses 1985, 1990 and 2000 who choose among 67 provinces. We find that migrants are drawn to provinces with larger networks, relatively better economic conditions, and distance is a significant deterrent for migration. There are, however, significant heterogeneities across migrant types. More educated and those migrating for employment reasons rely less on networks for destination choice. More educated move longer distances and labor market conditions play a significant role only in choices of migrants moving for employment reasons. Importance of labor market conditions increases and the effect of distance decreases with age.

Keywords: migration; networks; destination choice; education; reason of migration; heterogeneous effects. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O15 R23 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2021-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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