Who Moves to Whom?: Gender Differences in the Distance Moved to a Shared Residence
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Although family migration is a well examined topic, the migration that takes place at the start of co-residence of couples is so far hardly studied. This study examines gender differences in who moves to whom and who moves the longer distance when couples start a co-residential union. Analyses are performed based on Swedish register data, 1991-2008, including detailed longitudinal information on the residence of all couples in Sweden who married or had a child as cohabitants in 2008. The study reveals that even after adjusting for gender differences in age, local-, family-, and labor market ties, education, occupation, and economic bargaining power, it is more common for the woman to move to the man than vice versa, and the woman is on average moving longer distances than the man. Gender differences are especially pronounced when partners live far apart prior to union formation. Among these couples the woman on average moves 40 kilometers longer than the man. The proposed intervening factors explain half of this excess distance. Men’s likelihood to move and their distance moved is more affected by labor market ties than women’s, indicating that traditional gender ideologies matter for understanding migration patterns at the start of co-residence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 44 p.
Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, ISSN 0281-8728 ; 19
union formation, migration, migration distance, co-residence, gender
Sociology Human Geography
Research subject Sociological Demography; Human Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97096DiVA: diva2:669207
FunderSwedish Research Council, 839-2008-7495