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I'm not an economist so I don't have any facts to back this up, but it is quite clear that worker geographic mobility in the US is very high. Most people have moved, either "out west" to try California, or "down south" to try Atlanta or North Carolina or Florida, or "back east" to check out NYC or Boston. I would guess that around 90% of retirees move--practically nobody lives in the same house for a long time. And when we move, it's not just down the street it's across the country.

And I think that this is a big problem for Europe, because the language and social barriers make it harder to move. It would be interesting to compare the fraction of "foreigners" in a theoretical federal Europe to that of "out-of-staters" in the US.

by asdf on Tue Jun 21st, 2005 at 04:24:53 PM EST

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