ERIC Number: ED065714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Economic, Demographic, and Sociological Factors Influencing the Geographic Mobility of Young Workers.
Smith, Lewis H.
Geographic mobility of the labor force is an adjustment mechanism essential to the maintenance of a growing economy which is undergoing technological change and a rising educational level. This study analyzes the factors which influence mobility decisions to determine whether these choices are made on the basis of rational economic motives. To hold constant the effects of age and education in mobility, both of which are already known, the study uses a sample of noncollegiate Tennessee high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 26. The data indicate that noneconomic variables such as family ties act to reduce mobility, but once the economic variables become strong enough to overcome sociological influences, mobility results. This supports the hypothesis that a large degree of economic rationality underlies individual mobility decisions. (BH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Univ., University. Center for Manpower Studies.