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Determinants of Migration to Central Cities: A Comment

Cebula, Richard and Curran, Christopher (1973): Determinants of Migration to Central Cities: A Comment. Published in: Journal of Regional Science , Vol. 14, No. 2 (19. August 1974): pp. 287-290.


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This study critiques a prior study of migration determinants according to race, i.e., white migration versus nonwhite migration, to central cities in the U.S. We find evidence strongly suggesting simultaneity bias. In addition, the specification in the article being evaluated is flawed because it assumes that white migrants are attracted to central cities with higher income rather than higher incomes for whites. Similarly, the study being examined by this Comment is flawed because it assumes nonwhites are attracted not to areas with higher nonwhite incomes but with higher overall incomes. Furthermore, this Comment finds specification errors in the failure to adopt race-specific unemployment rates.

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