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Youth-age characteristics as precursors of power couple formation and location choice
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis. (ALC)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. Isenberg School of Management, Universiity of Massachussets at Amherst. (ALC)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). (Economic Policy Network / ALC)
Schroeder School of Business , University of Evansville, IN, USA.
2018 (English)In: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, ISSN 0927-5371, Vol. 52, p. 98-111Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper extends the literature on highly educated “power” couples. Its objectives are twofold. First, it examines the extent to which precursors of power couple formation are evident in young people during their years of compulsory schooling. Second, we examine location choices at adult ages by accounting for youth-age characteristics in addition to adult-age power status. Using Swedish register data, we produce evidence that power couples evolve from matching of spouses who were high academic achievers during the schooling years. Regarding location choice, our results indicate that power couples are characterized by a disproportionate tendency to migrate from their regions of origin to large labour markets. The evidence also points to latent self selection in both spouse matching and location choice.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 52, p. 98-111
Keywords [en]
Power couples, Migration, Location choice, Spouse selection
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Social Sciences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147591DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2018.04.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-147591DiVA, id: diva2:1204946
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Ageing and Living Conditions
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Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66Available from: 2018-05-09 Created: 2018-05-09 Last updated: 2018-05-09

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