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Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 55–76 | Cite as

American Young Adults’ Rural-to-Urban Migration and Timing of Exits from Poverty Spells

  • Yoko MimuraEmail author
  • Teresa A. Mauldin
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Abstract

This study examined the timing of exit from poverty among rural young adults who migrated to urban areas in the United States, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, with a focus on gender and marital status. Poverty spells that involved relocation to urban areas lasted longer than those that did not. Poverty exit rates upon relocation to urban areas declined each year the young adults remained in poverty, but the impact remaining in urban areas had on reduced poverty exit rates diminished when family characteristics, human capital, and labor market factors were controlled.

Keywords

internal migration poverty young adults 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Housing and Consumer EconomicsUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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