Master's Theses

Document Type


Date of Award

Summer 1960

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Economics, Finance, & Accounting


Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to consider the influence of the economic factors upon the individual in his decisions concerning mobility. Research materials were used from Forsyth Library, United States Commissioner of Labor Statistics, and the Hays Employment Security Division. An analysis of the size and distribution of the labor force preceded a discussion of the different types of labor mobility. Wages, family and financial status, and improved worker benefit programs were selected as the economic factors affecting mobility. Attitudes of the individual worker, knowledge of the worker concerning available opportunities, nature of the present job, and skill of the employee were closely related social and psychological factors from which the economic factors could not be completely isolated. It was found that an increased demand for higher levels of skills created a demand for additional mobility among the labor force during the years 1950 through 1959. Meanwhile, the above-mentioned economic factors were working toward reducing movement of the worker. At the end of the 1950's a need existed for workers to become better educated and trained in order that they might have the willingness and ability to become more mobile. Increased mobility of the United States labor force would work toward a more efficient use of the available labor resource and a higher standard of living for the American people through increased national productivity.


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Copyright 1960 Hazel M. Price