Journal Article

The Migration of Young Adults from Non-Metropolitan Counties

Bradford Mills and Gautam Hazarika

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 83, issue 2, pages 329-340
Published in print May 2001 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 2001 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0002-9092.00159
The Migration of Young Adults from Non-Metropolitan Counties

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This article examines young adult migration from non-metropolitan counties to either different non-metropolitan counties or to metropolitan areas. The results show that expected gains in initial earnings provide young entrants to the labor force with a marked incentive to migrate from their non-metropolitan counties of origin. Initial earnings gains stem, in part, from higher returns to schooling in both metropolitan areas and other non-metropolitan counties. The propensity to migrate is also sensitive to the costs of migration, which, in turn, are correlated with paternal education and the local presence of extended family.

Keywords: earnings; migration; non-metropolitan young adults; returns to schooling; J610; R230

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Subjects: Household Analysis ; Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies

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