The effect of social networks and norms on the inter-regional migration intentions of knowledge-workers: The case of Saxony, Germany

Sigal Kaplan*, Luise Grünwald, Georg Hirte

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Abstract

This study investigates the migration intentions of current and future knowledge-workers in Saxony, Germany. A structural equation model (SEM) is applied to analyze the impact of social networks and norms on inter-regional migration, in addition to lifestyle and utilitarian location factors. The dataset comprises 2731 young knowledge-workers. The results show that: (i) migration intentions positively associate with social networks in other cities, subjective norms that West- is better than East-Germany, and that other regions provide better life opportunities; (ii) staying intentions positively relate to having origins, close friends and family in Saxony, and positive consideration of Saxony as an option by the parents; (iii) the structure of the social networks and norms is related to socio-economic characteristics, travel habits, and on-line social networks.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)61-69
Number of pages9
JournalCities
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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© 2016 Elsevier B.V.

Keywords

  • Brain drain
  • Knowledge-workers
  • Migration
  • Social networks
  • Structural equation models

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