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Individual Social Capital and Migration

Julie Hotchkiss and Anil Rupasingha ()

No 2018-3, FRB Atlanta Working Paper from Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Abstract: This paper determines how individual, relative to community, social capital affects individual migration decisions. We make use of nonpublic data from the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey to predict multidimensional 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; nonpublic data; factor analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C36 C38 D71 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2018-03-01
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DOI: 10.29338/wp2018-03

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