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Yun Zhu

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Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Dwight W. Adamson


Between 1960s and 2000s, three primary metro/nonmetro population migration patterns can be distinguished: in later 1960s and 1970s, nonmetro population rebounded after urbanization since 1920; in early 1980s, this trend slowed down and metro areas began to grow faster; during the strong economic growth period of 1990s, nonmetro populations rebounded again, primarily factor is the in-migration from the metro areas. These population shifts are typically explained through concentration and expansion of economic activity. Researches reveal that in addition to capital and regional labor market elements, amenity influences are factors of migration. This project is aimed at developing a metro/nonmetro migration wage model that incorporates human capital, local labor market, fiscal and amenity controls to explain individual migration decisions. Based on which, we will investigate what kind of factors will cause individuals to migrate from metro to nonmetro and vice versa. Further research will explain and even forecast metro/nonmetro migration trends in order to help the decision- makers to improve regional economic development by attracting high-quality labors, and mitigate specific locations from extreme out-migration due to fluidity of labor resources.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Migration, Internal -- United States -- Decision making
Migration, Internal -- Economic aspects -- United States
Rural-urban migration -- United States
Urban-rural migration -- United States
Human capital




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