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Dual-earner migration. Earnings gains, employment and self-selection

Rabe, Birgitta (2011) 'Dual-earner migration. Earnings gains, employment and self-selection.' Journal of Population Economics, 24 (2). pp. 477-497. ISSN 0933-1433

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This paper examines how spouses in dual-earner couples weigh each partner's expected wage growth in the decision to migrate. Previous research suggests that husbands' job prospects dominate the migration choice irrespective of their relative earnings potential. Based on British panel data, this paper employs an endogenous switching model and estimates wage differentials of migrating vs. staying for husbands and wives corrected for double selectivity of migration and employment. Dual-earner couples attach a positive weight to each partner's expected wage gains when deciding to migrate. Moreover, migrant wives' employment decreases temporarily, and there are significant selection effects in migration and employment amongst non-migrants. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family migration; Dual-earner couples; Double selection
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 08:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:14

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