The wax and wane of interstate migration patterns in the U.S.A. in the 1980s: a demographic effectiveness field perspective.

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The author analyzes the structure of temporal changes in U.S. internal migration over the period 1980-1988 using data from matched income tax returns. "A number of hypotheses are explored about how in-migration and out-migration fields wax and wane, thereby giving rise to the overall shifts in demographic effectiveness measured over the period. The results highlight the characteristics of recent (1980-88) shifts in U.S. internal migration patterns including net migration reversals from strong net in-migration to strong net out-migration for states with significant energy sectors, the stanching of net out-migration from many states of the American manufacturing belt, the turnaround to net in-migration for all of northern New England, and the continuance of highly effective net in-migration to the sunbelt states of Florida, Arizona, and Nevada." excerpt

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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