Migration and regional convergence: An empirical investigation for Turkey


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Kirdar M. G. , SARAÇOĞLU D. Ş.

PAPERS IN REGIONAL SCIENCE, cilt.87, ss.545-567, 2008 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 87 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2008.00178.x
  • Dergi Adı: PAPERS IN REGIONAL SCIENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.545-567

Özet

The standard growth model predicts that allowing labour mobility across regions would increase the speed of convergence in per capita income levels and that migration has a negative causal impact on regional growth rates. Although the empirical literature has uncovered some evidence for the former implication, the latter has not been verified empirically. This paper provides empirical evidence for the negative causal impact of migration on provincial growth rates in a developing country with a high level of internal migration characterized by unskilled labour exiting rural areas for urban centres. We utilize an instrumental variables estimation method with an instrument unique to the country examined, controlling for provincial fixed effects.