Using a unique source of information about migration, this paper calculates the rates of net migration by age and educational level for the Lower Mississippi Delta region for the period of 1975-80, compares different categories of counties in the Delta, and compares Delta areas with non-Delta areas of the seven Delta states. It shows substantial losses of more highly educated persons, especially the young, from all rural counties, but especially for the core rural Delta counties.
Voth, Donald, Molly Killian, and Frank Farmer. 1994. "Selective Migration and the Educational "Brain Drain" from the Lower Mississippi Delta Region in 1975-80." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 10(1): Article 8. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol10/iss1/8