Estimation of Place-to-Place Migration Flows from Net Migration Totals: A Minimum Information Approach

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Scopus citations


A truism in demography has been that net migration may be derived from information on gross place-to-place flows, but that gross place-to-place flows cannot be inferred back from information on the net population movements in a system. Some recent work on maximum entropy and minimum information models, however, suggests a possible means for estimating just such a set of place-to-place flows. The net migration constrained model presented here could prove particularly useful for updating detailed migration matrices on the basis of current net migration estimates, and could even provide some clues as to the nature of the still poorly understood relationship between gross and net migration. Performance of the model is demonstrated using flow matrices from the 1960 and 1970 U.S. Censuses of Population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-51
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1981


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

Cite this