Voting with Your Feet in the United Kingdom: Using Cross-Migration Rates to Estimate Relative Living Standards
Posted: 30 Apr 2001
This article reexamines and extends the literature on the use of migration rates to estimate compensating differentials as measures of regional quality of life. I estimate an interregional migration regression for the UK and use the results 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 (long-run regional equilibrium) in the UK.
Keywords: Interregional migration, standard of living, quality of life
JEL Classification: J61, R23
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