nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2012‒05‒02
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Do local amenities affect the appeal of regions in Europe for migrants? By Andrés Rodríguez-Pose; Tobias D. Ketterer
  2. Discursos sobre la Región de Antofagasta en el contexto de la migración regional By Luis Miguel Rodrigo

  1. By: Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (IMDEA Social Sciences); Tobias D. Ketterer (University of Nottingham)
    Abstract: This paper delves into the factors which determine the attractiveness of regions in Europe for migrants. Contrary to the literature on the US which has increasingly focused on the role of amenities, existing research in Europe tends to highlight the predominance of economic conditions as the main drivers of migration. Differentiating between economic, sociodemographic and amenity-related territorial features, we examine the appeal of various regional characteristics for migrants by analyzing net migration data for 133 European regions between 1990 and 2006. Our results show that, in addition to economic, human capital-related and demographic aspects, network effects and – in contrast to existing literature – different types of regional amenities exert an important influence on the relative attractiveness of sub-national territories across the European Union (EU). Our findings therefore indicate that locational choices in Europe may be much more similar to place-based preferences in the US than originally thought.
    Keywords: location choice; inter-regional migration; economic conditions; amenities; social networks; regions; Europe
    Date: 2012–04–25
  2. By: Luis Miguel Rodrigo (ORDHUM - Department of Economics, Universidad Católica del Norte - Chile)
    Abstract: This work aims to fill the existing gap on the social representation of regions and how it affects the process of internal migration. The case of the Region of Antofagasta, a mining region in Northern Chile, is analyzed. It is widespread the idea that this region has a negative image in the rest of the country which reduces the region appeal as a work, residence and tourism place. We did not have, however, empirical information about this image. We use the sociological discourse analysis with information obtained from six discussion groups of university undergraduates from the regions of Coquimbo, Metropolitan and Valdivia in order to (re)construct the social discourses that form the social representation of the Region of Antofagasta and mining northern Chile from the framework of work migration.
    Keywords: Social representation, mining cities, regional migration, discussion groups, sociological discourse analysis
    JEL: R23 Z13
    Date: 2012–03

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