A Note on the Benefits to Current Residents of State Employment Growth: Is There an Industry Mix Effect on Migration?

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Mark Partridge

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

Dan S. Rickman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business

Date Written: February 1999

Abstract

Although there is evidence that regional employment growth benefits current residents, an unexplored aspect of this relationship is the industry composition of the growth. Using 1981–1991 migration data for the 48 contiguous U.S. states, this paper examines whether the industry mix of employment growth matters for migration. We find that state employment growth that results from having a larger share of nationally fast‐growing industries leads to less net in‐migration compared to growth that results from each industry in the state growing faster than its national average. Therefore, state employment growth that is attributable to its mix of industries yields greater benefits for current state residents.

Suggested Citation

Partridge, Mark D. and Rickman, Dan S., A Note on the Benefits to Current Residents of State Employment Growth: Is There an Industry Mix Effect on Migration? (February 1999). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 167-181, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2209619 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9787.00128

Mark D. Partridge (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics ( email )

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Columbus, OH 43210-1067
United States

Dan S. Rickman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business ( email )

201 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

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