XREAP2017-03: What drives migration moves across urban areas in Spain? Evidence from the Great Recession

In Spain, economic disparities between regions have traditionally played a relevant role in migration. Nevertheless, during the previous high-instability period, analyses provided conflicting results about the effect of these variables. In this work, we aim to determine the role that labour market factors play in internal migration during the Great Recession, paying special attention to the migration response of the heterogeneous population groups. To do so, we resort to an extended gravity model and we consider as a territorial unit the 45 Spanish Functional Urban Areas. Our results point to real wages as having a significant influence on migration motivations.

Melguizo, C. (AQR-IREA, XREAP); Royuela, V. (AQR-IREA, XREAP)