The analytics of seasonal migration

Oded STARK, Chengze, Simon FAN

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A framework that yields different possible patterns of migration as optimal solutions to a simple utility maximization problem is presented and explored. It is shown that seasonal migration arises as an optimal endogenous response to a comparison of costs (of living and of separation) and returns (to work) over a set of three alternative options, even if a year-long migration is feasible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-312
Number of pages9
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Cost of living differential
  • Cost of separation
  • Optimal types of migration
  • Seasonal migration

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