The Peculiar Immobility: Regional Affinity and the Postbellum Black Migrant
15 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 26, 2012
Why did newly freed slaves and their descendants wait a half a century before migrating in large numbers to the superior economic opportunities in the North? Census lifetime migration data on both movers and stayers are examined intertemporally for both whites and blacks. Regression analysis reveals that before 1920 Southern blacks had a very strong affinity for the "Southern way of life."
Keywords: black migration, migration, amenities, wage convergence, amenities
JEL Classification: J01, J15, J2, J31, J61, N31, N32, N91, N92, R11, R23
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