June 1, 2003
The aim of this thesis is to contribute theoretically and empirically to different aspects of the labour economics literature. Chapter 1 and 2 contribute to the migration literature. Chapter 3 analyses job mobility patterns between Scotland and England and finally, Chapter 4 studies earnings differences between the public and private sector in Scotland.
International migration is of particular interest with regard to the European Union Enlargement. Chapter 1, therefore, derives a framework to study the impact of differences in unemployment benefits on the migration decision.
Chapter 2 contributes to the scarce literature on network migration by developing a model that suggests an alternative explanation for the existence of self-perpetuating migration. In the centre of the model derived is the incumbent migration population rather than future migrants in the sending country as usually the case in the network literature.
While Europe grows together, the devolution in the U.K. has brought independence for Wales and Scotland. Making use of newly available data from the British Household Panel Study (BHPS), Chapter 3 looks at differences in job mobility patterns between English and Scottish employees.
Finally, employing the same source of data, Chapter 4 analyses the earning differential between public and private sector in Scotland for both males and females.
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