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Can Freedom and Knowledge Economy Indexes Explain Go-Getter Migration Patterns?

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  • Watkins, Tate
  • Yandle, Bruce
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    The study of domestic and international migration within and to the United States is deep and wide, but as yet no one has developed and tested models that focus on the use of knowledge economy, economic freedom, and personal freedom indexes. Using statistical regression models and following the lead of Cebula-Alexander, we build models for people Daniel Boorstin called “Go-Getters.†We model migration patterns across the 50 states for domestic and international movers in the 25-39-year age group for the years 2004-2008. We find dramatic differences in the determinants of migration for the two groups. All else equal, international movers are driven more by state knowledge economy developments and personal freedom. Domestic movers are not attracted by stronger knowledge economies but are driven by higher levels of state creativity and economic freedom.

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    Article provided by Mid-Continent Regional Science Association in its journal Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
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    1. Butters, Roger & Thompson, Eric C. & Zheng, Ziwen, 2012. "Destination Choices of Michigan Micropolitan Outmigrants: Key Determinants and Implications for Community Marketing," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 42(1).

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