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

Abstract

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 

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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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