Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162139
Authors: 
Stark, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 98
Abstract: 
This paper adds three dimensions to the received literature: it models migration when the individuals' preferences regarding their relative income are ordinal, it works out the resulting spatial steady-state distribution of the individuals, and it shows that the aggregate of the individuals' migration choices in the spatial steady-state distribution sums up to the social optimum. This finding does not apply when the individuals' preferences regarding their relative income are cardinal. We highlight the importance of the assumption about the nature of the individuals' social preferences (whether ordinal or cardinal) to studying and predicting their migration behavior, and to elucidating the consequences of that behavior for social welfare.
Subjects: 
Ordinal preferences
Distaste for low relative income
An ordinal measure of income relative deprivation
Interregional migration
Steady-state spatial distribution
Social Welfare
JEL: 
C61
C62
D50
D60
D62
I31
R13
R23
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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