The Social Attachment to Place

Social Forces, Vol. 89, No. 2, December 2010

Posted: 31 Oct 2008 Last revised: 3 Oct 2012

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Michael S. Dahl

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences

Olav Sorenson

Yale School of Management

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Many theories either implicitly or explicitly assume that individuals readily move to places that improve their financial well-being. Other forces, however, offset these tendencies; for example, people often wish to remain close to family and friends. We introduce a methodology for determining how individuals weigh these countervailing forces, and estimate how both financial and social factors influence geographic mobility in the Danish population. Our results suggest that individuals respond to opportunities for higher pay elsewhere, but that their sensitivity to this factor pales in comparison to their preferences for living near family and friends.

Keywords: Location choice, Regional migration, Social factors, Economic incentives

JEL Classification: R23, O15, A13

Suggested Citation

Dahl, Michael Slavensky and Sorenson, Olav, The Social Attachment to Place (December 1, 2010). Social Forces, Vol. 89, No. 2, December 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292224

Michael Slavensky Dahl (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences ( email )

Department of Management
Bartholins Allé 10
Aarhus C, 8000
Denmark

Olav Sorenson

Yale School of Management ( email )

135 Prospect Street
P.O. Box 208200
New Haven, CT 06520-8200
United States

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