The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 55, Issue 2–3, pp 501–532 | Cite as

Local quality of government and voting with one’s feet

Original Paper


In this paper, we investigate the impact of local quality of government on regional attractiveness to migrants inferred from individual revealed preferences and net migration. The analysis is based on panel data estimations of 254 European regions for the period between 1995 and 2009. Different instrumental variable techniques have been employed in order to assess the extent to which differences in local government quality affect preference rankings for different locations and to account for potential endogeneity concerns. The results point towards an important influence of specific factors related to the regional quality of government, such as the fight against corruption or government effectiveness, on the ability of European regions to position themselves as attractive places for future residents.

JEL Classification

R11 R23 R50 



The authors are grateful to Martin Andersson, the editor in charge, and to three anonymous referees for their insightful comments to earlier versions of the manuscript. The paper has benefited from the generous financial support of the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement Number 269868. The paper reflects only the views of the authors and should not be attributed to the European Commission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Directorate General Economic and Financial AffairsEuropean CommissionBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Geography and EnvironmentLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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