Tied migration and Employment Outcomes: Evidence from Couples in Britain

Publication type

Conference Paper


Policy Studies Institute Seminar


Publication date

January 19, 2006


We use unique information on ex ante migration preferences, actual migration behaviour and ex post reasons for migration to study the impact of tied migration on labour market outcomes among husbands and wives. Our results indicate that for husbands, job-related migration increases the transition rate into employment but has little impact on employment stability. Wives who moved for reasons associated with their husband's job had a lower probability of subsequent employment relative to non-migrants, and in particular had higher exit rates from employment. Such trailing wives also had higher entry rates in to economic inactivity than non-migrants. Furthermore, the probability of labour market exit among wives was positively correlated with distance moved.

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