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An examination of recent migration to Arizona: Working paper series--10-13

Gunderson, Ronald J. and Sorenson, David (2010) An examination of recent migration to Arizona: Working paper series--10-13. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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In the decades leading up to the current recession Arizona's population growth was among the fastest in the nation, with net domestic inmigration a major source of growth. In this paper we use Internal Revenue Service county migration data to examine migration flows to Arizona between 2006 and 2007. We examine both inmigration and net migration for Arizona counties and focus on the attraction of Arizona to outmigrants from other counties in the United States as well as from other states as a whole. We also examine migration flows with respect to distance from Arizona and location-specific factors in the origin and destination counties that impact migration decisions. Our findings revealed interesting differences among Arizona's counties in terms of overall net migration and origin states. While distance effects were significant, maps of the residuals from the regression models revealed regional clusters that indicate other factors also affect migration to Arizona. Comparisons of migration flows using the Rural-Urban Continuum Codes to classify origin and destination levels of urbanization reveal a tendency to move down the urban hierarchy when migrating to Arizona.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 10-13
Keywords: Working paper, domestic migration, migration decisions, location-specific factors, rural-urban continuum
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2015 20:01
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1490

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