Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type


First Advisor

Michael Greenwood


In the last 50 years, the United States has experienced a large influx of immigrants. The current literature suggests that the impact on native wages is small or nonexistent, but the effect of the foreign born on native internal migration is still disputed. Using Public Use Microdata Samples from every decennial census from 1970 t0 2000, this study estimates the response of native and foreign interstate migration flows to the concentration of the foreign-born population. The results indicate that natives avoid higher foreign concentrations, but the foreign-born are strongly attracted to such concentrations. There is also evidence that this major difference between native and foreign response has motivated the end of positive net migration to the West.