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Is Hispanic Population Dispersion into Rural Counties Contributing to Local Economic Growth?

20 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2013  

Dennis Coates

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

T. H. Gindling

University of Maryland, Baltimore County; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

In the 1990s, rural counties in the United States, which had been losing population, became the destinations for an increasing number of Hispanics, slowing and in some cases reversing population declines. In this paper, we examine whether faster growth in the Hispanic population is linked to faster growth in income per capita in rural counties. Our results indicate strong support for the hypothesis that population growth caused by the increase in Hispanics, whether from international immigrants, migrants from within the United States, or from natural growth in families, has fueled increased economic growth in those small, rural communities whose populations had been in decline during the 1970s or the 1980s.

JEL Classification: J15, J61, R11

Suggested Citation

Coates, Dennis and Gindling, T. H., Is Hispanic Population Dispersion into Rural Counties Contributing to Local Economic Growth? (October 2013). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 649-668, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2315421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2012.00334.x

Dennis Coates

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Thomas Gindling

University of Maryland, Baltimore County ( email )

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United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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