Death in the Promised Land: The Great Migration and Black Infant Mortality

59 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017

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Katherine Eriksson

University of California, Davis

Gregory Niemesh

Miami University; NBER

Date Written: December 7, 2016

Abstract

The Great Black Migration from the rural South to the urban North in the first half of the 20th century drastically lowered the health environment of infants. We show that migrating to northern cities increased the likelihood that an infant born to a migrant would die in the first year of life. We find no evidence that differences are driven by migrant selection. Much of this gap is due to residential location in unhealthy neighborhoods within northern cities. Our paper adds to the literature on the costs and benefits of the Great Migration.

Suggested Citation

Eriksson, Katherine and Niemesh, Gregory, Death in the Promised Land: The Great Migration and Black Infant Mortality (December 7, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3071053 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3071053

Katherine Eriksson

University of California, Davis ( email )

Gregory Niemesh (Contact Author)

Miami University ( email )

Oxford, OH 45056
United States

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