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Utah State University Department of Economics

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Studies of migration typically examine migration between countries, or, in the United States, migration between states. Recently, the authors completed several studies of migration between Mountain States counties for the period 1985-1990. The current study begins the extension of the earlier research to the 1995-2000 period. The study examines the determinants of gross in-migration, gross out-migration, and net innligration by county between 1995 and 2000 and conlpares the results with those for the earlier period. In particular, it uses an econometric model to identify the importance of a variety of factors associated with countries in influencing the direction and size of Mountain States inter-county migration. Determinants of migration in the model include economic variables such as mean income, tax rates, unemployment rates, and poverty rates; demographic variables such as population density, urbanization, race, and ancestry; social variables such as crilne rates, family size, marriage status, and educational attainment; environmental variables such as air quality, insolation, and temperature; and geographic variables such as elevation and latitude.