Individual Social Capital and Migration
58 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 2018
This paper determines how individual, relative to community social capital affects individual migration decisions. We make use of non-public data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to predict multi-dimensional social capital for observations in the Current Population Survey. We find evidence that individuals are much less likely to have moved to a community with average social capital levels lower than their own and that higher levels of community social capital act as positive pull-factor amenities. The importance of that amenity differs across urban/rural locations. We also confirm that higher individual social capital is a negative predictor of migration.
Keywords: Social capital, migration, Current Population Survey, amenities, non-public data, factor analysis
JEL Classification: R23, D71, C36, C38
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