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Regional Mobility of Economists: An Extension


We extend Davis and Patterson's analysis of the incidence and determinants of regional mobility of Ph.D. economists. By exploiting previously collected data, we identify the patterns of regional mobility not only at the point of entry into the labor market for economists who received their doctoral degree in 1968 but also the net mobility of these economists over a 25-year period. The net effects of regional mobility decisions made between graduation in 1968 and year-25 employment in 1993, and between initial professional employment in 1969 and year-25 employment in 1993, are analyzed. Our results suggest that many economists demonstrate a propensity to "nest" in their degree and first-job regions of employment and that those employed in government service and those with a greater diversity of work experience are more likely to migrate across regions during their careers.

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Volume (Year): 25 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 127-138

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Handle: RePEc:tra:jlabre:v:25:y:2004:i:1:p:127-138
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