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The impact of metropolitan areas on internal migrations in Poland. The case of southern regions

Michal Pietrzak () and Justyna Wilk ()

No 24/2013, Working Papers from Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: Metropolitan areas significantly affect regional development. They attract an inflow of investments, innovations and know-how as well as create domestic population migration flows. Relocation of human resources regulates both a size and structure of population, supports regional labour markets, the demand for goods stimulation, etc. The objective of this paper is to discuss the impact of metropolitan areas on domestic migration flows concentrating on southern area of Poland. The empirical study covers subregions and counties and refers to the period of 2008-2010 corresponding to global financial and economic crisis. Ratio analysis as well as taxonomical analysis was applied in the research. Research results show that southern Polish subregions demonstrate low intensity of intraregional population movements while interregional flows are quite significant, in particular within the territory of southern Poland. The majority of migration flows occur in relation to the city of Wroclaw and the city of Cracow, due to their metropolitan capacity.

Keywords: internal migration; metropolitan areas; ratio analysis; synthetic measure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 O11 R11 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig
Date: 2013-05, Revised 2013-07
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Published in The impact of metropolitan areas on internal migrations in Poland. The case of southern regions, [in:] Papiez M., Smiech S. (ed.), Proceedings of the 7TH Professor Aleksander Zelias International Conference on Modelling and Forecasting of Socio-Economic Phenomena, Foundation of the Cracow University of Economics, Cracow 2013.

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