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Spatial variation of in-migration to Moscow: housing market VS socialist legacy

NIDI Working Papers. 2015/03. Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, 2015. No. 3.
Kashnitsky I. S., Gunko M.
The collapse of state socialism and the introduction of market relationships in Central and Eastern Europe resulted in profound changes of urban development. Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe indicates that the development of strong housing market and growing material inequalities contribute to the socio-economic polarization of city districts and residential segregation. Based on empirical data, we analyze spatial variation of in-migration to Moscow at the level of city districts and investigate the theory-driven association between in-migration intensities and housing prices to find evidence of socio-spatial polarization. Our results show that, although there are some areas that concentrate migrants of specific socio-economic status, housing prices do not explain a substantial share of variance in in-migration intensities, at least at the level of city districts; quite a strong association is only evident for foreign migrants.