Internal Migration in Italy: The Role of Migration Networks

  • Romano PirasEmail author
Research Paper - Italy and Europe


This paper investigates the role of migration networks at internal level for the case of Italy and provides estimates of network elasticities which are found similar, in magnitude, to those estimated for international migration to the US. The empirical results, robust to different ways of dealing with unobserved heterogeneity, prove that network effects play a crucial role in explaining migration flows also at internal level. In addition, they also help to clarify the role of the other variables that have been found relevant in explaining internal migration flows in Italy during the last decades.


Gravity model Internal migration Italy Networks effects 

JEL Classification

J61 R23 



I wish to thank Ivan Etzo for his useful general comments on the paper, the Journal editor Roberta Rabellotti and two anonymous reviewers for their very helpful and constructive comments on an earlier version of the paper. All remaining errors are mine.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and Social SciencesUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly

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