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Moving, perhaps to Canada

March 9, 2017

What struck me about this refugee’s flight to Canada were the words he spoke to the Mountie waiting for him to make his illegal crossing. So polite, so apologetic for the trouble he is causing, they should mark him as already part Canadian:

I apologize about this, but I have to break your rules. I’m sorry.

Tyler Cowen looks at various explanations of why Americans move less often than they once did. I’m suspicious there are other reasons lurking. Moving rarely was optimally decided, serving instead as a kind of search. The internet and modern communications make search cheaper and faster, forestalling the need to move as part of that.

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  1. March 9, 2017 1:19 pm

    Back in 1988, Bell Labs paid to move me from New Jersey to Ohio.

    10 years later companies would simply move jobs to new locations and tell their employees, if you want to keep your job, show up next week at the new location and move yourself.

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