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Sorted and Settled: Migration Decisions of Dual Income Families

Ahmet Ali Taskin ()

ERSA conference papers from European Regional Science Association

Abstract: I analyze the interstate migration patterns of families and the effect of labor force attachment of women on joint migration decisions. I show that as the earned income of spouses become similar, the probability of migration falls substantially. This observation is robust in the sense that 1) it holds after controlling for a rich set of factors that are strongly correlated with relative income, 2) it yields qualitatively similar results when I model the incidence of attrition as another exit, 3) it consistently disappears for the shorter distance moves. I also find that the negative relationship between income similarity of couples and interstate migration is especially strong for couples with similar labor market characteristics beyond income levels.

JEL-codes: F22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-11
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