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Local Information, Income Segregation, and Geographic Mobility

Timothy Bond and Laura Salisbury ()

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2018, vol. 18, issue 3, 17

Abstract: We develop a model of migration in the face of geographic information asymmetries. Firms from a given city observe whether or not a local worker is a member of a disadvantaged local community, a negative indicator of productivity, but do not have this information for migrants to this city. With this knowledge, workers must decide whether to migrate and obscure information about their community of origin. Our model generates results consistent with recent trends in intergenerational mobility and internal migration as well as new predictions about the relationship between migrant outcomes and income segregation. We confirm these predictions using data from the U.S. census.

Keywords: migration; asymmetric information; income segregation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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