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Moving to Nice Weather

Jordan Rappaport ()

No 188, Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings from Econometric Society

Abstract: U.S. residents, both old and young, have been moving en masse to places with nice weather. Well known is the migration towards places with warm winter weather, which is often attributed to the introduction of air conditioning. But people have also been moving to places with cooler and less-humid summer weather, which is the opposite of what would be expected from the introduction of air conditioning. Empirical evidence suggests that the main force driving weather-related moves is an increasing valuation of weather's contribution to quality of life. Cross-sectional population growth regressions are able to achieve a relatively good match with an a priori ranking of the weather's contribution to local quality of life

Keywords: Economic Growth; Population Density; Migration; Quality of Life (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N92 O51 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004-08-11
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