The relationship between schooling and migration: Evidence from compulsory schooling laws
Economics of Education Review Volume 35, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
I estimate the effect of schooling on the propensity to migrate by exploiting variation in schooling due to compulsory schooling laws (CSLs) in the United States. I obtain negative estimates of this effect among those with relatively little schooling. In contrast, previous research estimates positive schooling effects on migration at higher levels of schooling. I speculate that additional schooling at low levels enhances local labor market contacts and thereby increases the opportunity cost of migration (leaving those contacts behind).
McHenry, P. (2013). The relationship between schooling and migration: Evidence from compulsory schooling laws. Economics of Education Review, 35(1), 24-40. Elsevier Ltd.