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Master of Science (MS)


Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology


Christy Glass


The U.S. has undergone macroeconomic changes over the latter course of the twentieth century. As a result, migration patterns have shifted toward the fast-growing southern and western portions of the nation. My research measures the impact of deindustrialization and educational selection on out-migration from the metropolitan Rust Belt for 1980, 1990, and 2000. Analysis on destination selection using multinomial regression analysis is then conducted to determine whether education trumps social capital for long-distance migration. Findings indicate that more severely deindustrializing metropolitan areas have greater out-migration in 1980 and 1990 but less so for 2000, with positive educational selection for each year. Multinomial results indicate that education does not attenuate social capital for interregional migration destination. The rise of the service economy may indicate the increasing importance of social capital for individuals leaving the Rust Belt for other regions.


This work made publicly available electronically on July 30, 2012.

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