Alexander C. Vias is a associate professor and coordinator Urban and Community Studies Program—Storrs, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT06269-4148. He wishes to gratefully acknowledge the comments of three anonymous referees. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Influence of Booms and Busts in the U.S. Economy on the Interstate Migration System
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2010
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Growth and Change
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 115–135, March 2010
How to Cite
VIAS, A. C. (2010), The Influence of Booms and Busts in the U.S. Economy on the Interstate Migration System. Growth and Change, 41: 115–135. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2257.2009.00518.x
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2010
- Submitted February 2009; revised July, September 2009; accepted September 2009.
Migration flows around the U.S. have shown a great deal of temporal and geographical differentiation over the past few decades. However, the recent downturn in the U.S. economy provides a renewed motivation to explore the relationship between the macro-economy and interstate migration. To address this issue, in this paper patterns of interstate migration are analyzed using IRS data and several migration efficiency measures for 18 2-year time periods, 1988–2006. Included in the analysis is an examination of the relationship between system migration and economic change, structural changes in the migration system over time (national and state level), and changes in the geography of state-level migration efficiency rates. As might be expected, the two full business cycles that occurred over this time period saw significant short-term changes in migration flows, although the economic downturn of 2001-02 may indicate more fundamental changes in the migration system.