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Migration and the Internet

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  • Thomas John Cooke

    (University of Connecticut, United States)

  • Ian Shuttleworth

    (Department of Archaeology, Geography and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University, United Kingdom)

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It is widely presumed that information and communication technologies, or ICTs, enable migration in several ways; primarily by reducing the costs of migration. However, a reconsideration of the relationship between ICTs and migration suggests that ICTs may just as well hinder migration; primarily by reducing the costs of not moving. Using data from the US Panel Study of Income Dynamics, models that control for sources of observed and unobserved heterogeneity indicate a strong negative effect of ICT use on inter-state migration within the United States. These results help to explain the long-term decline in internal migration within the United States.

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  • Thomas John Cooke & Ian Shuttleworth, 2017. "Migration and the Internet," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 14(3), pages 331-342, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:14:y:2017:i:3:p:331-342
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    Migration; ICTs; Rootedness; Internet; Mobility;

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