Journal Article

Migration of Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Jeffrey M. Perloff, Lori Lynch and Susan M. Gabbard

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 1, pages 154-164
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
Migration of Seasonal Agricultural Workers

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Nearly half of all seasonal farm workers migrate at least 75 miles in a given year. An expected earnings differential from migration weakly induces migration: a 10% earnings differential raises the probability of migrating by slightly more than 1%. This result indicates that there are substantial costs to migrating and that employers must offer large earnings premia to induce a substantial number of workers to move to their jobs. Some demographic groups earn substantially higher earnings by migrating. These higher earnings from migration are primarily due to higher wages rather than more hours of work.

Keywords: earnings; hours; migration; wages; workers; J430; R230

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Subjects: Particular Labour Markets ; Household Analysis

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