The Economics of Internal Migration: Advances and Policy Questions
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 1, March 2023
We review developments in research on within-country migration, focusing on internal migration in the United States. We begin by describing approaches to modeling individuals' migration decisions and equilibrium outcomes across local areas. Next, we summarize evidence regarding the impact of migration on individuals' outcomes, implications of migration for local labor market adjustment, and interactions between migration and housing markets. Finally, we discuss evidence on the efficacy of policies aimed at encouraging migration and conclude by highlighting important unanswered questions that are critical for informing migration-related policy.
Jia, Ning, Raven Molloy, Christopher Smith, and Abigail Wozniak.
"The Economics of Internal Migration: Advances and Policy Questions."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Higher Education; Research Institutions
Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Job, Occupational, and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics
Production Analysis and Firm Location: Government Policy