Individual Social Capital and Migration

58 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2018

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Anil Rupasingha

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Rupasingha, Anil, Individual Social Capital and Migration (March 2018). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 18-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3140804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3140804

Julie L. Hotchkiss (Contact Author)

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Anil Rupasingha

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ( email )

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