This paper analyzes the location choice of migrants at the regional level. We test the hypothesis that networks and the ability
to communicate in the host country language, as proxied by linguistic distance, are substitutes in the location decision.
Based on individual-level data from a special evaluation of the European Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) and a random utility
maximization framework, we find that networks have a positive effect on the location decisions while the effect of linguistic
distance is negative. We also find a strong positive interaction effect between the two factors: networks are more important
the larger the linguistic distance between the home country and the host region, and the negative effect of linguistic distance
is smaller the larger the network size. In several extensions and robustness checks, we show that this substitutable relationship
is extremely robust. Especially, we demonstrate that our results are not biased by multilateral resistance to migration.
Understanding the relationship between different modes of home care for the elderly and the determinants of mode choice is
fundamental for an efficient care policy in ageing societies. However, empirical research on this issue has revealed that
policy conclusions will depend on both national and methodological factors. Using data for Austria from the Survey of Health,
Ageing and Retirement in Europe, the purpose of the present paper is twofold: First, at least to our knowledge, it is the
first comprehensive assessment of this kind for Austria. Second, it adds to the literature explicitly focusing on the combined
use of informal and formal care in addition to the exclusive use of these services based on an econometric framework accounting
for the simultaneity and interdependence between these modes. Our results provide strong evidence for a task-specific and
complementary relation of formal and informal home care in Austria, with the health status and functional limitations as the
main determinants of home care choice.
Journal of Regional Science, 2016, 56(3), pp.471-493
We empirically analyse the impact of relative deprivation on the intended duration of stay of potential cross-border commuters
and migrants. A theoretical model lends support to the hypothesis that deprivation affects the intended duration of stay of
migrants in a U-shaped fashion, but does not affect potential commuters. Empirical evidence from one of the most densely populated
border regions of the EU confirms both these hypotheses. These results are robust over different estimation methods and apply
both when measuring deprivation relative to friends and acquaintances as well as relative to the population residing in a