Title

Migration, Fixed Costs, and Location-Specific Amenities: A Hazard Analysis for a Panel of Males

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2007

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Volume

89

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

368

Last Page

382

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.00993.x

Abstract

This article presents econometric estimates of the adult working-age male hazard function of interstate migration fitted to data obtained from migration decisions of adult males over a twenty-year period. The results show a strong negative effect of the real wage difference between origin and destination, and of fixed costs associated with a move, on the hazard rate of interstate migration. Farmers and other self-employed males, and males who have school-age children, have unusually low hazard rates of interstate migration. Although a high crime rate is shown to increase the real wage, it also has a separate positive effect on the hazard of migration.

Comments

This is a staff paper of an article from American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89 (2007): 368, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8276.2007.00993.x.