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International Family Migration and the Dual-Earner Model

Martin D. Munk, Till Nikolka, Panu Poutvaara (Website)

CESifo Working Paper No. 6377 (February 2017)

Primary CESifo Category: [4] Labour Markets

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.

Keywords: household production, female labor force participation, child care, international migration, family migration

JEL Classification:
[D130] Household Production and Intrahousehold Allocation
[F220] International Migration
[J120] Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
[J130] Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
[J160] Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

Additional CESifo Category:
[13] Behavioural Economics

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