Human Capital Theory and Internal Migration: Do Average Outcomes Distort Our View of Migrant Motives?

Authors

  • Martin Korpi Ratio Institute, Stockholm EHFF, Stockholm School of Economics
  • William A.V. Clark CCPR, California Center for Population Studies. UCLA, Los Angeles

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v14i2.329

Keywords:

migration, human capital, labor mobility, urban rural

Abstract

By modelling the distribution of percentage income gains for movers in Sweden, using multinomial logistic regression, this paper shows that those receiving large pecuniary returns from migration are primarily those moving to the larger metropolitan areas and those with higher education, and that there is much more variability in income gains than what is often assumed in models of average gains to migration. This suggests that human capital models of internal migration often overemphasize the job and income motive for moving, and fail to explore where and when human capital motivated migration occurs.

Author Biography

Martin Korpi, Ratio Institute, Stockholm EHFF, Stockholm School of Economics

Research fellow, lecturer

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Published

2017-05-01

How to Cite

Korpi, M., & Clark, W. A. (2017). Human Capital Theory and Internal Migration: Do Average Outcomes Distort Our View of Migrant Motives?. Migration Letters, 14(2), 237–250. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v14i2.329

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