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Economic change and internal population dynamics: an innovative study of new residential mobilities in Scotland

Research overview

The project seeks to shed light on how the behaviour of population sub-groups has varied across different parts of Scotland during the economic downturn.

 


Benefits

Migration is the main driver of local, regional and national population change, but is hard to measure and predict – especially internal migration, about which little is known. Understanding the internal dynamics of population change can help with welfare provision and with our understanding of how the economy performs.


More about the research

The project seeks to shed light on how the behaviour of population sub-groups has varied across different parts of Scotland during the economic downturn. The analysis involves a unique linkage of a major administrative demographic dataset with the census based Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS), which follows a 5% sample of the Scottish population over time. Additional anonymous data, which covers the whole Scottish population, will be used to estimate population flows throughout Scotland and to assess the quality of migration estimates produced using the SLS population sample.


Lead researcher

David McCollum, University of St. Andrews


Date Approved

February 2016 


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