Individual Social Capital and Migration
55 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2018 Last revised: 21 Feb 2019
Date Written: 2018-03-01
This paper determines how individual, relative to community, social capital affects individual migration decisions. We make use of nonpublic data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to predict multidimensional 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, nonpublic data, factor analysis
JEL Classification: C36, C38, D71, R23
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