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The Economic Foundations of East-West Migration During the Nineteenth Century

Richard H. Steckel

NBER Working Paper No. 881 (Also Reprint No. r0360)
Issued in April 1982
NBER Program(s):   DAE

This paper argues that latitude-specific investments in seeds and human capital provided an incentive for farmers to move along east-west lines. The incentives were greatest during the early and mid 1800s. Towards the end of the century migration patterns changed as farmers learned about farming in different environments, as settlement reached the Great Plains and beyond, and as farming declined in importance. Census manuscript schedules and Mormon family-group records form the basis for empirical work.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0881

Published: Steckel, Richard H. "The Economic Foundations of East-West Migration Duringthe Nineteenth Century. Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 20, (1983),pp. 14-36.

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