Refugees from Dust and Shrinking Land: Tracking the Dust Bowl Migrants

@article{Long2018RefugeesFD,
  title={Refugees from Dust and Shrinking Land: Tracking the Dust Bowl Migrants},
  author={Jason T. Long and Henry E. Siu},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2018},
  volume={78},
  pages={1001 - 1033}
}
We construct longitudinal data from U.S. census records to study the economics of the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s. Most of our findings contradict long-standing perceptions. While migration rates were high relative to elsewhere in the United States, they were similar to migration rates from the region in the 1920s. Relative to other occupations, farmers were the least likely to move. Furthermore, migrants from the Dust Bowl were not exceptionally likely to move to California. Finally… 

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