What Proportion of Children Stay in the Same Location as Adults, and How Does this Vary Across Location and Groups?

Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 09-145

88 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009

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Timothy Bartik

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Date Written: February 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper provides new information on what proportion of individuals spend their adult work lives in their childhood metropolitan area or state. I also examine how this proportion varies across different demographic groups, and with the size and growth rate of the metropolitan area. I find that the proportion of individuals who spend most of their adulthood in their childhood metropolitan area is surprisingly high. Furthermore, this proportion does not go down as much as one might think for smaller or slower-growing metropolitan areas, or for college-educated persons. These findings imply that state and local investments in children may pay off for the state or local area that makes these investments. A surprisingly large proportion of the individuals who benefit from these childhood investments will remain in the same state or local area as adults, thereby boosting the local economy.

Keywords: children, education, adults, location, demographics, bartik

JEL Classification: R23, J61, R28, R11

Suggested Citation

Bartik, Timothy, What Proportion of Children Stay in the Same Location as Adults, and How Does this Vary Across Location and Groups? (February 1, 2009). Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 09-145, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1353250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1353250

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