Migration and the Internet

Authors

  • Thomas John Cooke University of Connecticut
  • Ian Shuttleworth Department of Archaeology, Geography and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v14i3.347

Keywords:

Migration, ICTs, Rootedness, Internet, Mobility

Abstract

It is widely presumed that information and communication technologies, or ICTs, enable migration in several ways; primarily by reducing the costs of migration. However, a reconsideration of the relationship between ICTs and migration suggests that ICTs may just as well hinder migration; primarily by reducing the costs of not moving.  Using data from the US Panel Study of Income Dynamics, models that control for sources of observed and unobserved heterogeneity indicate a strong negative effect of ICT use on inter-state migration within the United States. These results help to explain the long-term decline in internal migration within the United States.

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Author Biography

Thomas John Cooke, University of Connecticut

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Department of Geography

University of Connecticut

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Published

2017-09-06

How to Cite

Cooke, T. J., & Shuttleworth, I. (2017). Migration and the Internet. Migration Letters, 14(3), 331–342. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v14i3.347

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