Self-Selection and Internal Migration in the United States

47 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2004

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George J. Borjas

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Stephen G. Bronars

University of Texas at Austin

Stephen J. Trejo

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 1992

Abstract

Within the conceptual framework of the Roy model, this paper provides an empirical analysis of internal migration flows using data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth. The theoretical approach highlights regional differences in the returns to skills: regions that pay higher returns to skills attract more skilled workers than regions that pay lower returns. Our empirical results suggest that interstate differences in the returns to skills are a major determinant of both the size and skill composition of internal migration flows. Persons whose skills are most mismatched with the reward structure offered by their current state of residence are the persons most likely to leave that state. and these persons tend to relocate in states which offer higher rewards for their particular skills.

Suggested Citation

Borjas, George J. and Bronars, Stephen G. and Trejo, Stephen J., Self-Selection and Internal Migration in the United States (February 1992). NBER Working Paper No. w4002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=324039

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