ERIC Number: ED119908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Socioeconomic Analysis of Labor Mobility, North-Central New Mexico. New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station Research Report 258.
Carruthers, Garrey E.; And Others
The study identified the social and economic factors affecting present commuting behavior and the willingness to commute and to relocate of the residents in north-central New Mexico. Central hypothesis was that Spanish Americans were less mobile than Anglo Americans in this region. Data were collected in a personal interview survey of 800 households in the 7-county region. Every city and most rural villages were cluster-sampled to reflect the rural-urban, sex, and occupational makeup of the region's population. Willingness to commute and to relocate were measured by specially constructed bidding games. Analyses were restricted to data from 643 completed questionnaires. Analysis included 2 phases: (1) a cross-classification analysis of mean scores by ethnic group and other socioeconomic variables and (2) a stepwise multiple regression analysis of socioeconomic characteristics and the 2 dependent variables--willingness to commute and to relocate. Some findings were: (1) Spanish Americans were more willing to commute but less willing to relocate than were Anglo Americans; (2) young household heads were more willing to commute than the older ones; (3) commuters tended to be younger, Spanish American, and male with lower occupational status, lower educational levels, and larger families (more dependents); and (4) Anglo Americans with 0-6 years of education indicated the greatest willingness to relocate. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Agricultural Experiment Station.