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Migration of Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Jeffrey Perloff, Lori Lynch () and Susan M. Gabbard

American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1998, vol. 80, issue 1, 154-164

Abstract: Nearly half of all seasonal farm workers migrate at least 75 miles in a given year. An expected earnings differential from migration weakly induces migration: a 10% earnings differential raises the probability of migrating by slightly more than 1%. This result indicates that there are substantial costs to migrating and that employers must offer large earnings premia to induce a substantial number of workers to move to their jobs. Some demographic groups earn substantially higher earnings by migrating. These higher earnings from migration are primarily due to higher wages rather than more hours of work. Copyright 1998, Oxford University Press.

Date: 1998
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