The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 7–32 | Cite as

Cultural determinants of migration

  • Andrea Caragliu
  • Chiara Del Bo
  • Henri L. F. de Groot
  • Gert-Jan M. Linders
Special Issue Paper


The potential welfare benefits from free movement of people are large. Especially in Europe, actual flows are lower than one would expect on the basis of economic differences between regions and countries. This paper empirically investigates the importance of cultural barriers in explaining the limited migration flows in Europe. We show that cultural and institutional barriers are indeed important in explaining variation in observed migration flows.

JEL Classification

F22 J61 R23 



We thank two anonymous referees for helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Caragliu
    • 1
  • Chiara Del Bo
    • 2
  • Henri L. F. de Groot
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gert-Jan M. Linders
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipartimento BESTPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Università degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  3. 3.Department of Spatial EconomicsVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.EcorysRotterdamThe Netherlands

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