Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 241–259

Migration Flows and Quality of Life in a Metropolitan Area: the Case of Barcelona-Spain



The phenomenon of human migration is certainly not new and it has been studied from a variety of perspectives. Yet, the attention on human migration and its determinant has not been fading over time as confirmed by recent contributions (see for instance Cushing and Poot 2004 and Rebhun and Raveh 2006). In this paper we combine the recent theoretical contributions by Douglas (1997) and Wall (2001) with the methodological advancements of Guimarães et al. (2000, 2003) to model inter-municipal migration flows in the Barcelona area. In order to do that, we employ two different types of count models, i.e. the Poisson and negative binomial and compare the estimations obtained. Our results show that, even after controlling for the traditional migration factors, QoL (measured with a Composite Index which includes numerous aspects and also using a list of individual variables) is an important determinant of short distance migration movements in the Barcelona area.


Migration Metropolitan areas Barcelona Spain Poisson models Negative Binomial models Overinflation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Grup d’Anàlisi Quantitativa Regional (AQR-IREA), Departament d’Econometria, Estadística i Economia EspanyolaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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