Regional and Individual Determinants of Labor Mobility in Brazilian Manufacturing Industry: a hierarchical spatial approach for the period 1999-2002

Eduardo Gonçalves, Ricardo da Silva Freguglia, Amanda Reis Almeida Silva


This paper aims to investigate individual and regional determinants of labor mobility in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Two individual samples of both unskilled and skilled workers are analyzed. The methodology adopted here makes use of a hierarchical logit model that includes explaining variables at their individual and municipal levels for modeling the probability to migrate besides taking possible spatial heterogeneity and dependence into account. The hierarchical spatial analysis has revealed that the municipal features at the destination place have a greater impact on the skilled workers’ decision to migrate.


worker mobility; skilled workers; hierarchical spatial regression

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