Earnings Supplement Project (ESP) – Employment Insurance and Geographic Mobility: Evidence From the SLID


This working paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between the Employment Insurance (EI) program and geographic mobility. Using longitudinal data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID) for the period from 1993 to 1999, this paper provides estimates of the determinants of geographic mobility and shows that the relationship between EI and migration is a complex one that critically depends on individuals' degree of attachment to the labour market. The concept of geographic mobility is expanded to include not only interprovincial but also intraprovincial mobility.