Replication Data for: Internal Mobility: The Greater Responsiveness of Foreign-Born to Economic Conditions

Resource Type
  • Basso, Gaetano (Bank of Italy)
  • Peri, Giovanni (University of California, Davis)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
internal migration; immigration; labor mobility; labor markets
  • Abstract

    In this article, we review the internal geographical mobility of immigrants and natives in the US in the recent decades, with a focus on the period since 2000. We confirm a continuing secular decline in mobility already pointed out by the existing literature, and we show that it persisted in the post-Great Recession period. We then focus on foreign-born and establish that, on average, they did not have total mobility rates higher than natives’. However, their mobility response to local economic conditions was stronger than the response of natives in the period from 1980 to 2017. A review of recent research reveals that the higher elasticity of mobility of immigrants to economic conditions is a combination of lower sensitivity to local prices, higher propensity to move in their early years after immigration and strong economic success of cities that were immigrant enclaves in the 1980’s.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-01-01 / 2017-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1980--Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2017
Geographic Coverage
  • States and commuting zones, US
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    DOI: 10.3886/E118602

Update Metadata: 2020-08-03 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-08-03