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Environmental Preference Migration: A Review

Larry M. Svart
Geographical Review
Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul., 1976), pp. 314-330
DOI: 10.2307/213888
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/213888
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

The idea of interregional migration based on environmental preferences has largely languished in the past two decades, but piecemeal research has provided increasing support for the hypotheses advanced some years ago. Research in human biometeorology, migration surveys, regional preference research, and analyses of specific environmental preferences yield congruent findings. Observed economic growth in some regions is partially caused by environmental preferences that operate dynamically through tourism, retirement communities, hedonistic businessmen, "footloose" export industries, and the self-fulfilling prophecies of regional economic expectations. Recent empirical research on migration has begun to establish the importance of environmental preferences, particularly among whites and the elderly. Advances in our knowledge will be aided by further synthesizing work and by developments in the theory and methodology of several fields.

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