The Impact of Migration on Regional Wage Inequality: A Semiparametric Approach

23 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2014

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Heather Dickey

University of Aberdeen - Business School; Queen's University Belfast - Queen's Management School

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

According to economic theory, regional migration is a primary mechanism through which regional wage convergence is predicted to occur. However, this does not necessarily imply that regional migration has an equalizing effect on regional inequality. Despite considerable literatures on regional migration and regional wage inequality, little attention has focused on the relationship between the two. This paper investigates one of the primary mechanisms through which migration affects individual region's wage distributions. It adopts a semiparametric procedure to examine how the regional wage distributions in Great Britain have changed as a result of migration using British Household Panel Survey data for 1991–2007.

Suggested Citation

Dickey, Heather, The Impact of Migration on Regional Wage Inequality: A Semiparametric Approach (November 2014). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 54, Issue 5, pp. 893-915, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12127

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