Where Should I Live? The Locational Choices of Australians and New Zealanders
Sinning, Mathias; Stillman, Steven
This paper exploits the existence of the trans-Tasman travel agreement and the availability of comparable census data in Australia and New Zealand to examine the extent to which individuals respond to different labour market conditions in the two countries (and their subregions), as well as measures of local amenities and cost of living when deciding where to live. Our findings suggest that the trans-Tasman travel agreement did contribute to a mutual exchange of migrants with many similarities regarding the size and human capital endowment of migration flows in both directions. However, considerable differences between the two countries remain with regard to internal, trans-Tasman and other international migration.
Series number: 1204
ISSN: 1178-2293 (Online)
Keywords: International Migration; International Agreements; Regional Labour Markets
Research Type: Discussion Paper