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International Family Migration and the Dual-Earner Model

Martin Munk (), Till Nikolka () and Panu Poutvaara ()
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Martin Munk: Aalborg University
Till Nikolka: Ifo Institute

No 1703, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London

Abstract: Gender differences in labor force participation are exceptionally small in Nordic countries. We investigate how couples emigrating from Denmark self-select and sort into different destinations and whether couples pursue the dual-earner model, in which both partners work, when abroad. Female labor force participation is slightly lower among couples that later emigrate, and drops considerably after migration outside the Nordic countries. Pre migration differences between couples subsequently migrating to different destinations are small. Our survey reveals that couple migration is usually driven by the male’s job opportunities. The results suggest that increasing international migration may reduce women’s career investments.

Keywords: Household production; Female labor force participation; Child care; International migration; Family migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D13 J12 J13 J16 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2017-02
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