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Title:On the dynamics of interstate migration: Migration costs and self-selection PDF Logo
Authors:Bayer, Christian
Juessen, Falko
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Wirtschaftstheoretische Diskussionsbeiträge 06-03
Abstract:This paper develops a tractable dynamic microeconomic model of migration decisions that is aggregated to describe the behavior of interregional migration. Our structural approach allows us to deal with dynamic self-selection problems that arise from the endogeneity of location choice and the persistency of migration incentives. Keeping track to the distribution of migration incentives over time has important consequences, because the dynamics of this distribution influences the estimation of structural parameters, such as migration costs. For US interstate migration, we obtain a cost estimate of somewhat less than one-half of an average annual household income. This is substantially less than the migration costs estimated by previous studies. We attribute this difference to the treatment of the dynamic self-selection problem.
Subjects:Dynamic self-selection
indirect inference
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Wirtschaftstheoretische Diskussionsbeiträge, Lst. f. VWL, TU Dortmund

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