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The Determinants of Human Migration

Cebula, Richard (1978): The Determinants of Human Migration. Published in: The Determinants of Human Migration (15 September 1979): pp. 1-148.


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This multi-faceted study address a variety of topics. It first develops a formal model of why interregional wage differentials may not elicit interregional migration. Then it provides empirical support for the model. The study develops a formal model general theory of migration. It demonstrates the significance of living-cost differentials in the migration decision calculus. The role of economic expectations is then formally modeled and empirically tested. The special case of elderly migration is treated as a separate model. Finally, the role of regionally different government policies on migration is formally studied.

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