Quotation Jestl, Stefan, Moser, Mathias, Raggl, Anna. 2017. Can't Keep Up with the Joneses: How Relative Deprivation Pushes Internal Migration in Austria.




We estimate the efect of regional income inequality on emigration rates of Austrian municipalities using a unique data set that is constructed based on individual level data from Austrian administrative registers. The register-based data contains information on the municipality of residence of all individuals aged 16 and over that have their main residency in Austria, as well as their income and socio-demographic characteristics. Aggregating this information to the municipality level allows us to assess the role of relative deprivation—a measure of relative income—on top of absolute income in shaping internal migration in Austria. We ind that increases in relative deprivation in a municipality lead to higher emigration from the municipality. Allowing for heterogeneous efects across income, education, and age groups reveals that the efect is stronger among those with comparably low levels of income, and among low skilled and young individuals.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Can't Keep Up with the Joneses: How Relative Deprivation Pushes Internal Migration in Austria
Year 2017
URL http://epub.wu.ac.at/5417/1/WP_Mig_Inequality.pdf


Social Deprivation and Within-Country Migration in Austria
Jestl, Stefan (Details)
Moser, Mathias (Details)
Raggl, Anna (Former researcher)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Economics of Inequality FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5311 Public finance (Details)
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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