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Independent and linked migration: Individual return of employment opportunity and household return of poverty status to African American interstate migration

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  • SeongWoo Lee


    (School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Seoul National University, 103 Kwonsun-Gu, Seodun-Dong, Suwon, Korea, 441-744)

  • WooSuk Zhee

    (Kyonggi Research Institute, 179-26, Pajang-Dong, Changan-Gu Suwon, Korea, 440-290)

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    The thrust of this study is to describe and contrast the determinants and outcomes of African-American interstate migration. We examine two types of migration outcomes - individual return to employment probability and household level return to poverty status. We investigate these motivations and outcomes based on a new typology of migration through the lens of household change that accompanies migration. We specify a pairwise two-stage probit model incorporating individual and state-level variables using Public Use Micro Sample data and various ecological data in the US. We show that independent migrants move to other states envisioning economic models of migration with migration as a derived response to opportunities, pressures, and constraints imposed by spatial inequalities in socioeconomic development. On the other hand, we demonstrate that linked migrants move to other states also for their economic need, but via kinship. In this case, the linked migrants' path does not follow the general pattern of economic circumstances. We show that household composition is an important factor that influences the destination choice for African Americans. While independent migrants are more concerned with diverse economic conditions at destinations, kinship, other ties and household structure at destinations are more significant factors for linked migrants.

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    Article provided by Springer & Western Regional Science Association in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 605-635

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:35:y:2001:i:4:p:605-635
    Note: Received: June 2000/Accepted: June 2001
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