SURVEY-BASED INDICATORS OF REGIONAL LABOUR MARKETS AND INTERREGIONAL MIGRATION
A rich set of regional labour market variables is utilised to explain
interregional migration in Norway. In particular, regional indicators
of labour market pressure are computed from survey data in which respondents
are asked to evaluate local job prospects in
their resident municipality and the surroundings. Mean satisfaction with
local job prospects reported by respondents in a region and related survey-based
indicators have a positive and significant impact on net inmigration to
the region, also when controlling for traditional measures of regional
labour market conditions, such as regional unemployment and wage differentials.
Our results suggest that surveys may provide useful information about
regional labour markets.