Faculty Publications

Title

A simultaneous multinomial logit model of indirect internal migration and earnings

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy

Volume

28

Issue

1

First Page

60

Last Page

71

Abstract

We investigate internal migration in the United States in a human capital context, adding to the literature on repeat migration. Our study is the first to model direct and indirect internal migration which, until now, has been studied only in the context of international migration. We model direct and indirect migration, constructing a multinomial logit migration equation that we estimate simultaneously with a system of earnings equations for individuals by migration status. We find that earnings estimates differ significantly by migration status and that the propensity to migrate, both directly and indirectly, is correlated with the earning power of individuals.

Original Publication Date

12-1-1998

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