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Changing Patterns of Geographic Mobility and the Labor Market for Young Adults

In: Youth Labor Markets


  • Janna E. Johnson
  • Sam Schulhofer-Wohl


We assess changing patterns of migration and their association with labor outcomes for the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the NLSY. Although the long-distance migration rate is lower in the 1997 cohort, we find that migration fell mostly because return migration fell. We uncover little difference in patterns of selection into migration in the two cohorts, little difference in correlation between migration and labor market outcomes, and little evidence in either cohort of a positive labor market return to migration. Our findings suggest that reductions in geographic mobility do not explain the poor recent labor market performance of young adults.
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  • Janna E. Johnson & Sam Schulhofer-Wohl, 2016. "Changing Patterns of Geographic Mobility and the Labor Market for Young Adults," NBER Chapters, in: Youth Labor Markets, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberch:14210

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    1. Janna E. Johnson & Morris M. Kleiner, 2017. "Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?," NBER Working Papers 24107, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Jack DeWaard & Janna Johnson & Stephan Whitaker, 2019. "Internal migration in the United States: A comprehensive comparative assessment of the Consumer Credit Panel," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 41(33), pages 953-1006.
    3. Morris M. Kleiner & Janna Johnson, 2017. "Is Occupational Licensing a Barrier to Interstate Migration?," Staff Report 561, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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