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Real Earnings and Human Migration in the United States

Cebula, Richard (1981): Real Earnings and Human Migration in the United States. Published in: International Migration Review , Vol. 16, No. 1 (30 March 1982): pp. 189-196.

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Abstract

This study seeks to fill a void in the empirical migration literature, namely, to allow expressly for geographic living-cost differentials. The study focuses upon net migration to SMSAs over the period 1960-1970. The analysis involves two alternative treatments of living costs, one being to deflate nominal income and the other being to express those living-cost levels as a separate variable. Both approaches work. Migrants are found to be attracted to SMSAs with higher real income levels and to be attracted to SMSAs with lower living costs.

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