Determinants of black interstate migration, 1965-70 and 1975-80

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Abstract

This paper presents and tests a regression-based model of black interstate migration. Explanatory variables include characteristics of origins and destinations, distance, and two migrant stock measures. The model is tested using black interstate migration flows published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for 1965-70 and 1975-80. Three findings stand out. Firstly, the stock measures are strong determinants of black migration. They tap behavioral processes that channelize black migration streams, including information flows through familial and social networks and return migration. Secondly, the migrant stock measures attenuate effects of other explanatory variables indicating that other variables influence current migration both directly and indirectly through the stock measures. Thirdly, changes in coefficients of explanatory variables between the two periods reflect shifts in black migration patterns that occurred during the 1970s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-48
Number of pages13
JournalThe Annals of Regional Science
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1988

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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