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Migration Decisions And Site-Specific Attributes Of Public Policy: Microeconomic Evidence From The NLSY

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  • Thomas A. Knapp

    (Penn State, Wilkes-Barr)

  • Nancy E. White

    (Bucknell University)

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This paper demonstrates a relationship between migration and public policy and suggests a role for migration in regional development. Numerous studies have analyzed the relationship between migration and specific aspects of public policy, and simultaneous equations models have included public policy variables that are found to influence both firm location and migration. Yet, none of these studies has generated a comprehensive migration-oriented study of regional development that can be evaluated along with the firm location literature. Increasing evidence of the importance of public sector variables in the household location decision suggests further study of migration and regional development. Our empirical results contribute to the literature linking migration and public sector characteristics. We link migration to public policy by treating tax and expenditure variables as site attributes in a utility maximization model. We fmd that public sector attributes, through their effect on migration, are among the determinants of regional development.

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  • Thomas A. Knapp & Nancy E. White, 1992. "Migration Decisions And Site-Specific Attributes Of Public Policy: Microeconomic Evidence From The NLSY," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 22(2), pages 169-184, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v22:y:1992:i:2:p:169-184
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    1. Brian Cushing & Jacques Poot, 2003. "Crossing boundaries and borders: Regional science advances in migration modelling," Economics of Governance, Springer, vol. 83(1), pages 317-338, October.
    2. David E. Clark & William E. Herrin & Thomas A. Knapp & Nancy E. White, 2003. "Migration and implicit amenity markets: does incomplete compensation matter?," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 3(3), pages 289-307, July.
    3. Barkley, David L. & Henry, Mark S. & Bao, Shuming, 1998. "The Role of Local School Quality in Rural Employment and Population Growth," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 28(1), pages 81-102, Summer.
    4. Justin M. Ross & Robert R. Dunn, 2007. "The Income Tax Responsiveness Of The Rich: Evidence From Free Agent Major League Baseball All-Stars," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 25(4), pages 639-648, October.
    5. K. Newbold, 2012. "Migration and regional science: opportunities and challenges in a changing environment," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 48(2), pages 451-468, April.

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