Investigating the effects of employment-housing change on migration: Evidence from Japan

Boris A. Portnov, Doo Chul Kim, Yoshitaka Ishikawa

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The effect of employment growth on internal migration depends on corresponding adjustments of the local housing market. If employment growth in a geographical area is accompanied by a sharp increase in housing prices, the net outcome may be net out-migration rather than migration gain. In the present paper, this concept is tested using statistical data available for 47 prefectures in Japan. The analysis covers the two five-year periods of 1983-87 and 1988-92, and confirms that the use of a combined representation of employment and housing variables makes it possible to improve considerably the performance of an empirical migration model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-212
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Population Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 2001


  • Employment-housing interlink
  • Hyperbolic tangent transformation
  • Internal migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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