Voting with Your Feet in the United Kingdom
31 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 1998
Date Written: July 1997
This paper reexamines the use of migration rates to estimate compensating differentials as measures of regional quality of life. Applying a model of interregional migration to the U.K., I estimate a migration regression, the results of which I use to measure regional quality of life and standard of living. The results suggest a North-South divide within England, and that Scotland and Wales have relatively high levels of both. The results also lead to a rejection of regional standard-of-living equivalence (regional equilibrium) in the U.K.
JEL Classification: R23
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