Economic change and internal population dynamics: an innovative study of new residential mobilities in Scotland
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.
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.
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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.
David McCollum, University of St. Andrews