Inter-regional migration in transition economies: the case of Poland

Ghatak, Subrata, Mulhern, Alan and Watson, John (2007) Inter-regional migration in transition economies: the case of Poland. (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. 27 p. (Economics Discussion Paper, no. 1)


The Harris-Todaro model of migration is modified to incorporate the impact of human capital, housing stock and the availability of publicly provided goods like health care and road provision in order to analyse the determinants of migration in different regions of Poland. The Seemingly Unrelated Regression Equation [SURE] model is used to investigate the data. The results show that GDP per capita, unemployment and distance have a strong effect on regional migration in this country. Human capital is also an important explanatory factor as is the provision of key publicly provided facilities such as roads. The lack of housing in Poland is important in explaining the low levels of internal migration.

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