Research Paper Migremus Arbeitspapiere 1/2011
Occupational characteristics, occupational sex-segregation and family migration decisions
This article examines the effects of occupational characteristics on family migration within Britain. For the first time in the literature, we explicitly theorise and later test the impact of the sex-composition of husbands’ and wives’ occupations on mobility decisions. The empirical analysis consists of random effects panel regressions estimated on dyadic couplelevel information from the British Household Panel Survey combined with occupational-level data from the UK Labour Force Survey. Results suggest that some occupational characteristics are significantly associated with family migration, while occupational sexsegregation has limited impact. Although working in female-dominated occupations is related to a lower propensity to become a lead mover and a higher propensity to become a tied mover, a majority of these associations is mediated by the socio-economic and occupational characteristics of the spouses.