This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Associate Lecturer of Economics and PhD Candidate Diana Castorina, and JCU’s Professor of Economics Riccardo Welters, about a paper that Diana has recently published on the topic Interregional Migration, titled “Who Decides to Move”.
This is an extremely hot topic at the moment and not one meeting goes by without someone talking about skill shortages, people shortages, the issues of trying to attract people to the region, and of course, retaining people in our region.
This paper was very timely and gave the Townsville Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to delve a little deeper into this subject.
While this paper is the first of three Diana is publishing, what became obvious about this topic is the lack of information to help employers and organisations that are trying to attract and retain people in regional centers.
Diana’s passion on the subject is evident throughout the interview and the publication will hopefully provide some thought provoking angles for our employers and community leaders to think about when playing their roles in relation to net migration to regional centers like Townsville.
Due to the fact that most studies on this subject were done a number of decades ago, and the workforce and family structure has change considerably in that time, Diana redefines the term “household or family unit” to “the decision-making unit” and considers a number of factors including the number of people involved in the move, whether there are links to Defence or mining, what is their level of education, are they involved in community groups, and then conversely, what that means for a region that is trying retain that decision making unit.
This interview can be found as part of our Townsville ChamberCast podcast series.
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I hope you enjoy the conversation.