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Family Migration and Relative Earnings Potentials

Mette Foged ()

No 10180, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: A unitarian model of family migration in which families may discount wives' private gains is used to derive testable predictions regarding the type of couples that select into migrating. The empirical tests show that gender neutral family migration cannot be rejected against the alternative of husband centered migration. Couples are more likely to migrate if household earnings potential is disproportionally due to one partner, and families react equally strongly to a male and a female relative advantage in educational earnings potential. These results are driven by households with a strong relative advantage to one of the partners while results are less clear for small dissimilarities within the couple, suggesting that gender identity norms may play a role when the opportunity costs of adhering to them are small.

Keywords: gender identity norms; family migration; international migration; selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D19 F22 J16 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 65 pages
Date: 2016-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-lab and nep-mig
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Forthcoming - published in: Labour Economics, 2016, 42, 87-100 - won EALE Labour Economics Prize 2017

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