Relocation choices of Australian General Practitioners

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Anu Rammohan
Junran Cao


relocation choices, Australian General Practitioners, panel data


The aim of this paper is to examine the relocation choices of Australian General Practitioner (GPs) using data from the first ten waves of the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) dataset. Unlike previous research on this topic, our focus extends to the role of household-related variables and broader socioeconomic conditions influencing relocation decisions. We find that changes in a GP’s work arrangements, particularly in the acquisition of on-call duties as well as deterioration in the area’s living conditions are associated with an increase in the probability of relocation, particularly rural-to-city relocations. Our findings demonstrate that the channel through which individual and professional circumstances lead to relocations is more nuanced than straightforward changes in earnings or workload. They also focus on individual-level factors on relocation decisions are less pronounced in comparison to changes in the overall attractiveness of the location in question.

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