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ERIC Number: ED510029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 88
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
What Proportion of Children Stay in the Same Location as Adults, and How Does This Vary across Location and Groups? Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 09-145
Bartik, Timothy J.
W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
This paper provides new information on what proportion of individuals spend their adult work lives in their childhood metropolitan area or state. I also examine how this proportion varies across different demographic groups, and with the size and growth rate of the metropolitan area. I find that the proportion of individuals who spend most of their adulthood in their childhood metropolitan area is surprisingly high. Furthermore, this proportion does not go down as much as one might think for smaller or slower-growing metropolitan areas, or for college-educated persons. These findings imply that state and local investments in children may pay off for the state or local area that makes these investments. A surprisingly large proportion of the individuals who benefit from these childhood investments will remain in the same state or local area as adults, thereby boosting the local economy. Appendices include: (1) Notes on Processing the PSID Data; and (2) Tobit Estimates for Staying Propensity, Estimation Restricted to Metro Areas in Lowest Population Quintile. (Contains 18 footnotes, 8 tables, and 24 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research