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Where Did All the Migrants Farm Workers Go?

  • Author(s): Fan, Maoyong
  • Perloff, Jeffrey M.
  • et al.

Since the late 1990s, the share of agricultural workers who migrate within the United States fell by about 60%. On average over this period, one-third of the drop in the migration rate was due to changes in the demographic makeup of the workforce, while two-thirds was due to government and institutional changes in the market. However, in recent years, demographic change were responsible for nearly half of the overall change.

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