Young Adult Migration

PI: Julia Melkers
Co-PI: Haizheng Li 

Studies of migration patterns in the United States often omit young adults due to the complexities of disentangling actual migration from moves for higher education and related reasons. Yet, young adulthood is a critical life stage offering opportunities and constraints that matter for the career and other life course. We address this gap in the existing empirical literature by focusing on the inter-state geographic mobility of young adults in the U.S.

While our primary focus is on at-risk young adults who have not pursued a post-secondary degree, we also examine how gaining a degree in a STEM discipline matters for young adults, particularly those underrepresented (race & gender) in science and engineering careers. 

Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.