Internal Migration in the United States

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Raven Molloy

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Christopher L. Smith

Government of the United States of America - Division of Research and Statistics

Abigail Wozniak

University of Notre Dame; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: August 2011

Abstract

We review patterns in migration within the US over the past thirty years. Internal migration has fallen noticeably since the 1980s, reversing increases from earlier in the century. The decline in migration has been widespread across demographic and socioeconomic groups, as well as for moves of all distances. Although a convincing explanation for the secular decline in migration remains elusive and requires further research, we find only limited roles for the housing market contraction and the economic recession in reducing migration recently. Despite its downward trend, migration within the US remains higher than that within most other developed countries.

Suggested Citation

Molloy, Raven and Smith, Christopher L. and Wozniak, Abigail, Internal Migration in the United States (August 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17307. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1918638

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