Spatial patterns and determinants of skilled internal migration in China, 2000-2005

Ye Liu*, Jianfa Shen

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the spatial patterns and determinants of China's interprovincial skilled migration by using data from 2005 one per cent population sample survey. While the coastal region benefits from the influx of skilled labour, the rest of China suffers from severe brain drain. Estimates from zero-inflated negative binomial gravity models indicate that employment opportunities, especially interregional wage differentials, play a dominant role in attracting skilled labour, and that the impact of amenities on skilled migration turns out to be small and less clear. Findings suggest that China's skilled people prioritize their career prospects over the quality of life in the migration decision-making process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages24
    JournalPapers in Regional Science
    Volume93
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

    Keywords

    • Skilled migration
    • amenities
    • gravity model
    • zero-inflated negative
    • binomial model
    • China
    • SOUTH-EAST ENGLAND
    • REGIONAL-DEVELOPMENT
    • UNITED-STATES
    • INTERPROVINCIAL MIGRATION
    • ECONOMIC-OPPORTUNITY
    • LABOR MIGRATION
    • URBAN MIGRATION
    • CREATIVE CLASS
    • GRAVITY MODEL
    • 2000 CENSUS

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