Foot Voting in Spain: What Do Internal Migrations Say About Quality of Life in the Spanish Municipalities?

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Social Indicators Research
  • Volumen: 124
  • Número: 2
  • Fecha: 01 November 2015
  • Páginas: 501-515
  • ISSN: 15730921 03038300
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0804-6
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. In this paper we analyse the differences in well-being between Spanish municipalities reflected by people¿s migratory decisions. It is assumed that people move for improving their well-being conditions and consequently migratory flows basically reflect perceived differences in the quality of life between potential destinations. Our empirical findings are: first, municipalities in the Mediterranean Axis are perceived as those with the highest quality of life; second, we detect a general process of convergence in quality of life conditions among the Spanish municipalities in the last 15 years; third, estimated levels of quality of life are inversely related to urban size; and, fourth, people perceive nearby destinations as the most attractive places to move to.

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