Improved measures for the cross-national comparison of age profiles of internal migration

Bernard, Aude, Bell, Martin and Charles-Edwards, Elin (2014) Improved measures for the cross-national comparison of age profiles of internal migration. Population Studies, 68 2: 179-195. doi:10.1080/00324728.2014.890243

Author Bernard, Aude
Bell, Martin
Charles-Edwards, Elin
Title Improved measures for the cross-national comparison of age profiles of internal migration
Journal name Population Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0032-4728
Publication date 2014-04-29
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00324728.2014.890243
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 68
Issue 2
Start page 179
End page 195
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3317 Demography
1202 History
Abstract We develop and demonstrate the application of a concise set of measures intended to encapsulate key features of the age profile of internal migration and highlight the significant differences that exist between nations in these profiles. Model schedules have been the most common method of comparing internal migration patterns but issues related to the estimation and interpretation of their parameters hinder their use for cross-national comparison. We demonstrate that the interpretation of exponential coefficients as rates of ascent and descent does not best reflect the slopes of migration age profiles, and we propose more consistent measures based on the rate of change in migration intensity. We demonstrate, through correlation and factor analysis, that most of the inter-country variance in migration age profiles is captured by the age at and intensity of peak migration. The application of these two indicators to 25 countries reveals significant differences between regions.
Keyword Internal migration
Age patterns
Model migration schedule
Comparative measures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP110101363
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 29 April 2014

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