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Individual Social Capital and Migration

Julie Hotchkiss and Anil Rupasingha

Working Papers from U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies

Abstract: This paper determines how individual, relative to community social capital affects individual migration decisions. We make use of non-public data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to predict multi-dimensional 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.

Keywords: social capital; migration; Current Population Survey; amenities; non-public data; factor analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R23 D71 C36 C38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2018-03
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