From L.A. to Boise: How Migration Has Changed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

72 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last revised: 9 Dec 2022

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Peter H. Haslag

Vanderbilt University - Finance

Daniel Weagley

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date Written: December 8, 2022

Abstract

We examine how broad changes in work arrangements and lifestyles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected households’ location decisions. Using data on over 360,000 residential, interstate moves over the last five years, we find more than 12% of moves were directly influenced by the pandemic. Among pandemic-influenced movers, over 15% of households cite that remote work influenced their move. Lifestyle-related (job-related) migration increased (decreased) significantly, particularly for the set of households who are likely to have access to remote work. We further find these changes in migration patterns are positively related to post-pandemic economic growth.

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Relocation, Remote Work, Agglomeration

JEL Classification: R23, J61, J11, R10, O15

Suggested Citation

Haslag, Peter H. and Weagley, Daniel, From L.A. to Boise: How Migration Has Changed During the COVID-19 Pandemic (December 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3808326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3808326

Peter H. Haslag (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Finance ( email )

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Daniel Weagley

University of Tennessee, Knoxville ( email )

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Knoxville, TN 37996
United States

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