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Life Earnings and Rural‐Urban Migration

Robert E. Lucas, Jr.
Journal of Political Economy
Vol. 112, No. S1, Papers in Honor of Sherwin Rosen: A Supplement to Volume 112 (February 2004), pp. S29-S59
DOI: 10.1086/379942
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/379942
Page Count: 31
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Life Earnings and Rural‐Urban Migration
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Abstract

This paper is a theoretical study of rural‐urban migration—urbanization—as it has occurred in many low‐income economies in the postwar period. This process is viewed as a transfer of labor from a traditional, land‐intensive technology to a human capital–intensive technology with an unending potential for growth. The model emphasizes the role of cities as places in which new immigrants can accumulate the skills required by modern production technologies.

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