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All in the Family: Self Selection and Migration by Couples
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. (Economic Policy Network)
Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, MA/ Tufts University, Boston, MA. (Economic Policy Network/ ALC)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. (Economic Policy Network/ ALC)
Department of Economics, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, USA.
2013 (English)In: Papers in regional science (Print), ISSN 1056-8190, E-ISSN 1435-5957, Vol. 93, no 1, 101-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines determinants of couple migration in a model that accounts for self-selection of migrant couples. The study is based on a sample of married couples from the Swedish population. The model incorporates controls for earnings of both spouses preceding the move, and explicitly addresses unmeasured heterogeneity in the family decision to migrate. Two statistical formulations are presented. In the first version, migration is measured as a dichotomous move/stay decision. A second formulation replaces the dichotomous indicator with the distance moved by migrants. Results suggest that family migration is selective of relatively low earning wives with unmeasured potential for strong earnings.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2013. Vol. 93, no 1, 101-124 p.
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Migration Couples Self-Selection
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81951DOI: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2012.00473.xISI: 000333237500006OAI: diva2:659207
FAS 2006-1010Ageing and Living Conditions Programme at Umeå University, Swedish Research Council’s `Linnestöd’, no. 2006-21576-36119-66
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1010Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66
Available from: 2013-10-24 Created: 2013-10-24 Last updated: 2014-05-06Bibliographically approved

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