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The effect of housing on migrations in Israel: 1988–1994


The analysis of 1988–1994 statistical data indicates that the population of Israel simultaneously moves in two opposite directions: while the initial distribution of new immigrants is primarily focused on the areas where jobs are available, the existing population of these areas tends to move outward, to the less populated districts where housing is more available and affordable. The paper thus argues that the heterogeneity of the population is indeed a crucial consideration for the proper modeling of migration behavior. It is also argued that a) the effect of housing construction on the patterns of in-country migration appears to be attenuated, and b) the low attractiveness of peripheral districts of the country to the new immigrants is mainly caused by a lack of jobs rather than by low rates of housing construction or the harsh climatic conditions of these areas.

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Received: 22 January 1997 / Accepted: 12 January 1998

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Portnov, B. The effect of housing on migrations in Israel: 1988–1994. J Popul Econ 11, 379–394 (1998).

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  • Key words: Migrations
  • housing
  • population distribution
  • JEL classification: R23
  • R58
  • O15
  • O21