The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Internal Migration

  • James R. Walker
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Migration is a shared topic within social sciences attracting interest from members of all sub-disciplines. This attention reflects both the importance of the flows and the complexity of the behaviour. This article presents a short overview of the basic theoretical perspectives on individual migration decision making, and it considers empirical challenges to bringing these models to the data.


Family decision making Human capital Internal migration Labour market search Learning Social networks 

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