BIP research cluster seminar ' International Family Migration and the Dual-Earner Model'

Research Cluster

Speaker:Panu Poutvaara, University of Munich and Ifo Institute
Date: Thursday 19 January 2017
Time: 14:00
Location: Constantine Leventis Teaching Room

Further details

International Family Migration and the Dual-Earner Model, co-written with Martin D. Munk and Till Nikolka.


Gender differences in labor force participation are exceptionally small in Nordic countries. We investigate how couples emigrating from Denmark self-select and sort into different destinations and whether couples pursue the dual-earner model, in which both partners work, when abroad. Female labor force participation is slightly lower among couples that later emigrate, and drops considerably after migration outside the Nordic countries. Pre-migration differences between couples subsequently migrating to different destinations are small. Our survey reveals that couple migration is usually driven by the male’s job opportunities. The results suggest that increasing international migration may reduce women’s career investments.

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