Population and Environment

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 45–73 | Cite as

Repeat migration, information costs, and location-specific capital

  • Julie DaVanzo


It is well-known from previous research that recent migrants often migrate again. This paper seeks to illuminate several possible mechanisms that might give rise to this association. The effect of previous migration on subsequent migration appears to be largely due to the fact that the consequences of one move often become the cause of the next and that people tend to return to places they recently left. The concepts of location-specific capital (assets that are more valuable in their current location than they would be elsewhere) and information costs provide powerful explanations for the patterns of multiple movement disclosed in the longitudinal data used in this study.


Powerful Explanation Longitudinal Data Current Location Information Cost Recent Migrant 
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© Human Sciences Press 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie DaVanzo
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  1. 1.The Rand CorporationUSA

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