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Journal of Finance and Economics. 2015, 3(1), 20-28
DOI: 10.12691/jfe-3-1-4
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An Econometric Approach for Modeling Population Change in Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Thomas M. Fullerton Jr.1, , Adam G. Walke1 and Diana Villavicencio2

1Department of Economics and Finance, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, USA

2Economic and Market Analysis Division, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Chicago, USA

Pub. Date: February 26, 2015

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Thomas M. Fullerton Jr., Adam G. Walke and Diana Villavicencio. An Econometric Approach for Modeling Population Change in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. Journal of Finance and Economics. 2015; 3(1):20-28. doi: 10.12691/jfe-3-1-4


An econometric model using time series analysis techniques is employed to model and forecast population changes in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. The model focuses on the interplay between economic and demographic variables. Individual, cointegrated equations are generated to account for the components of population change - births, deaths, net domestic and net international migration. Birth and death equations prove easier to model because of stable changes from period to period in relation to income levels and national demographic trends. Net migration equations were more difficult to model as economic conditions, specifically labor market conditions, influence changes over time. Predefined exogenous variables are used to generate out-of-sample simulations for the individual components of population change. Using those results, total population projections are estimated until the year 2018. Doña Ana County is projected to witness a slowdown in population growth, primarily as a consequence of increased domestic out-migration.

population economics regional economics applied econometrics migration forecasting

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