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Individual Social Capital and Migration

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  • Julie L. Hotchkiss
  • Anil Rupasingha

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This paper determines how individual, relative to community, social capital affects individual migration decisions. We make use of nonpublic data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to predict multidimensional social capital for observations in the Current Population Survey. We find evidence that individuals are much less likely to have moved to a community with average social capital levels lower than their own and that higher levels of community social capital act as positive pull-factor amenities. The importance of that amenity differs across urban/rural locations. We also confirm that higher individual social capital is a negative predictor of migration.

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  • Julie L. Hotchkiss & Anil Rupasingha, 2018. "Individual Social Capital and Migration," FRB Atlanta Working Paper 2018-3, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2018-03
    DOI: 10.29338/wp2018-03
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    1. Jonathan Page, 2018. "Well-Being Assessment in Hawaii: Creating community-level composite indices in paradise," Working Papers 2018-5, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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    Keywords

    social capital; migration; Current Population Survey; amenities; nonpublic data; factor analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • C36 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
    • C38 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Classification Methdos; Cluster Analysis; Principal Components; Factor Analysis
    • D71 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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