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Publication Date


First Advisor

Charles P. Staelin

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




State to state migration, US States, Infrastructure spending, American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, Labor market mobility, Internal migration-Economic aspects-United States, Infrastructure (Economics)-United States, Labor market-United States


Interstate migration is an important driver of the labor market equilibrium in the United States, as it allows residents to move to areas with higher wages and more job opportunities. This research analyzes the potential effect of infrastructure expenditure on bilateral interstate migration between 2005 and 2011, and examines whether federal spending bills during this period assisted the labor market recovery in the United States, following the Crisis of 2008. The results indicate that both state highway and capital outlay expenditure had little to no impact on instate migration. Significant determinants for the movement between states include the distance between states, sending and receiving state GDP per capita, and sending and receiving state unemployment rate.


2018 Natalia Janina Kreciglowa. Access limited to the Smith College community and other researchers while on campus. Smith College community members also may access from off-campus using a Smith College log-in. Other off-campus researchers may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan for personal use.




41 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 34-35)