Migration Networks and Location Decisions: Evidence from U.S. Mass Migration

  title={Migration Networks and Location Decisions: Evidence from U.S. Mass Migration},
  author={Bryan A. Stuart and Evan J. Taylor},
  journal={Labor: Supply \& Demand eJournal},
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