Moving to Jobs?

Motu Working Paper No. 2003-07

8 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2003

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David C. Maré

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; University of Waikato - Economics

Jason Craig Timmins

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust - Department of Labour

Date Written: June 2003

Abstract

This paper examines whether New Zealand residents move from low-growth to high-growth regions, using New Zealand census data from the past three inter-censal periods (covering 1986-2001). We focus on the relationship between employment growth and migration flows to gauge the strength of the relationship and the stability of the relationship over the business cycle. We find that people move to areas of high employment growth, but that the probability of leaving a region is less strongly related to that region's fortunes. We also find that migration flows to the metropolitan regions of Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington include a higher proportion of international immigrants compared with the rest of New Zealand.

Keywords: employment growth, migration, regional development

JEL Classification: J61, R11, R23

Suggested Citation

Maré, David C. and Timmins, Jason Craig, Moving to Jobs? (June 2003). Motu Working Paper No. 2003-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=442640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.442640

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University of Waikato - Economics

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Jason Craig Timmins

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust - Department of Labour ( email )

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Wellington
New Zealand
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