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Interstate Migration and Employer-to-Employer Transitions in the United States: New Evidence From Administrative Records Data

Henry Hyatt (), Erika McEntarfer (), Ken Ueda () and Alexandria Zhang ()
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Erika McEntarfer: U.S. Census Bureau
Ken Ueda: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Alexandria Zhang: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Demography, 2018, vol. 55, issue 6, 2161-2180

Abstract: Abstract Declines in migration across labor markets have prompted concerns that the U.S. economy is becoming less dynamic. In this study, we examine the relationship between residential migration and employer-to-employer transitions in the United States, using both survey and administrative records data. We first note strong disagreement between the Current Population Survey (CPS) and other migration statistics on the timing and severity of any decline in U.S. interstate migration. Despite these divergent patterns for overall residential migration, we find consistent evidence of a substantial decline in economic migration between 2000 and 2010. We find that composition and the returns to migration have limited ability to explain recent changes in interstate migration.

Keywords: Migration; Labor reallocation; Job-to-job flows; Employment; Matched employer-employee data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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