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Anja Herkner
Institute of Rural Studies

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The spatial mobility of workers over the course of their working lives – Analyses for rural areas in Germany

Project

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The local availability of human capital is of high importance for the economic development of rural areas. In particular in times of demographic change, the spatial mobility of labour is a crucial determinant of the human capital endowment of a region.

Background and Objective

In Germany, significant regional disparities have existed for a long time w.r.t. economic strength and labour market conditions. The mobility of labour is of high importance for the economic development of rural areas and regional disparities.

Therefore, this project analyses migration balances of rural areas in Germany and the determinants of interregional labour mobility. In particular, it focuses on the spatial mobility of workers over their individual working lives, i.e., the likelihood to emigrate from a rural area, to immigrate to a rural area, and subsequent return migration.

Approach

We analyse migration balances of regions and the determinants of labour mobility in Germany.

At the regional level, we do not only consider net-migration rates, but also look at gross-flows. We analyse the heterogeneity of migration balances depending on individual characteristics such as age and educational degree in order to obtain insights on how the human capital endowment of a region changes due to interregional labour mobility.

The analysis of individual decisions to migrate focuses on the likelihood to emigrate from a rural area and the likelihood of return migration. Furthermore, we analyse mobility between different types of regions. We take characteristics of the workers and the regional environment into account and analyse the extent to which the impact of these characteristics changes over an individual’s working life.

Data and Methods

Our analyses are based on secondary data: the Individual Employment Biographies (IEB) of the IAB. We analyse the very detailed information contained in the IAB individual employment biographies of workers by applying descriptive and micro-econometric methods.

Our Research Questions

  • Which (rural) regions are especially characterised by net-emigration? Which (rural) regions benefit from interregional labour mobility?
  • What are the determinants of the likelihood to emigrate from a rural area, respectively, to migrate between different types of regions?
  • To which extent is the regional human capital endowment affected by the spatial mobility of workers?
  • What are the determinants of return migration?

Preliminary Results

The project provides evidence on the determinants of interregional labour mobility. Corresponding insights may help to develop more effective and efficient policies aiming at the economic development of rural areas.

Links and Downloads

Project at the IAB: www.iab.de/en/forschung-und-beratung/projektdetails.aspx/Projektdetails/k180301302

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Duration

3.2018 - 2.2021

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Projekt type:
Funding program: Bundesprogramm Ländliche Entwicklung
Project status: ongoing

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