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Title:Friendship ties and geographical mobility: evidence from the BHPS PDF Logo
Authors:Belot, Michèle
Ermisch, John
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2209
Abstract:A common finding in analyses of geographic mobility is a strong association between past movement and current mobility, a phenomenon that has given rise to the so called 'mover-stayer model'. We argue in this paper that one of the driving forces behind this heterogeneity is the strength of local social ties. We use data from the BHPS on the location of the three closest friends and the frequency of contacts. We estimate the processes of friendship formation and residential mobility jointly, allowing for correlation between the two processes. Our results show that the location of the closest friends matters substantially in the mobility decision, and matters more than the frequency of contacts.
Subjects:geographical mobility
social ties
friendship formation
JEL:J61
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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