Economic Crisis, Income Gaps, Uncertainty, and Inter-regional Migration Responses: Kazakhstan 2000–2014

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Journal Article

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. There is ample empirical evidence that internal migration occurs in response to wage differentials; recently, evidence has emerged that international migration is deterred by rising destination uncertainty. However, to our knowledge, there has been no analysis of how internal migration responds to differing incentives during good times and bad. This paper provides insight into this issue using detailed regional economic and migration data for Kazakhstan during boom (2000–2007) and crisis (2008–2014) periods. While conventional forces are affirmed, we find that the crisis deters migration and weakens the effect of wage differentials–while also reducing the deterrent effect of relative uncertainty.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • An, G; Becker, CM; Cheng, E

Published Date

  • September 2, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1452 - 1470

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9140

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-0388

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/00220388.2016.1257118

Citation Source

  • Scopus