The Effect of Moving during Childhood on Long Run Income: Evidence from Swedish Register Data
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
In this paper I study the long-term effects of inter-municipal moving during childhood on income using Swedish register data. Due to the richness of the data I am able to control for important sources of selection into moving, such as parent separation, parents’ unemployment, education, long run income, and immigration background. I find that children’s long run incomes are significantly negatively affected by moving during childhood, and the ffect is larger for those who move more often. For children who move once, I also estimate the effect of the timing and the quality of the move. I measure the quality of each neighborhood based on the adult outcomes for individuals who never move; the quality of a move follows as the difference in quality between the origin and the destination. Given that a family moves, I find that the negative effect of childhood moving on adult income is increasing in age at move. Children benefit economically from the quality of the region they move to only if they move before age 12 (sons) and age 16 (daughters).
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University , 2016. , 31 p.
Umeå economic studies, ISSN 0348-1018 ; 929
long-term effects of moving, disruption costs, neighborhood effects, human capital, child development
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120716OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120716DiVA: diva2:929516