Special Issue of the
Journal of Housing Economics
on research related to Migration and Housing Markets
This special issue will feature research that sheds light on the intersection between housing
markets and household or population mobility, two topics that are intrinsically linked. For
example, the decision of whether and where to move is heavily influenced by housing market
conditions—the levels of rents and house prices, the availability of the desired type and location
of housing, and even the cost and availability of mortgage credit. At the same time, conditions
in rental and housing markets are affected by the magnitudes of migrant flows into and out of
Understanding the connection between migration and housing is critical for both theoretical and
practical reasons. For theory, housing markets are a critical element of models of location
choice, which is the core of spatial economics. On the practical side, decisions regarding
geographic location and housing consumption and investment have large implications for
household welfare, and therefore are relevant for policymakers. Thus, researchers and
policymakers are devoting growing attention to trends in migration rates, household formation,
homeownership, and housing affordability—and especially to the connections between these
trends. Recent research has also highlighted how housing markets and migration choices affect
local labor market growth, decline, and inequality; the convergence (or lack thereof) of economic
fortunes across space; the transmission of economic shocks across geographies; and the
stability of the financial system.
We welcome research on any topic that addresses the important connections between housing
and migration in some way. We especially welcome empirical research that makes use of new
and innovative data sources, as well as theoretical research that uses cutting-edge methods.
While we expect many of the submissions to use recent data, we are open to historical
analyses, especially ones that shed light on contemporary discussions and debates. We are
open to analysis of more and less developed economies.
Papers must be of sufficient analytical rigor to meet the customary standards of the journal.
Timeliness is very important, as the editors and the journal seek to limit delays between the
acceptance of manuscripts and eventual publication. Submissions should be made before
January 15th, 2020 to http://ees.elsevier.com/jhec/. Early submissions will be considered
Special editors are Kyle Mangum (Kyle.Mangum@phil.frb.org) and Raven Molloy