Gender Differences of Socioeconomic Returns to Family Migration – A Cross National Analysis
Veronika V. Eberharter


The paper aims to contribute to a more accentuated explanation of the influence of economically motivated ‘family migration’ on the economic and social status of partnered individuals. Based on representative longitudinal data the paper provides an empirical analysis to focus on gender differences in the socio-economic returns to economically motivated long distant moves in countries with different role models, institutional settings of the labor market, and welfare state regimes. Theoretically, the paper balances the human capital approach (Becker 1975, Mincer 1978, Snaith 1990), integrating structural features of the labor market in the origin and the destination area, and the gender role model of family migration (Bielby and Bielby 1992). The paper is structured as follows: Section 1 gives a literature review, section 2 describes the data and methodological issues, section 3 discusses the empirical results, and section 4 concludes with a discussion of the social and political implications.

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Veronika V. Eberharter, University of Innsbruck, Department of Economics, Universitaetsstrasse 15/3, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria, e-mail: 
Position: Associate Professor of Economics


Panel 21: Diskriminierung am Arbeitsmarkt

Zeit: Freitag, 08. November 2019, 14:00-16:00 Uhr
Raum: Seminarraum 2, Universitätsstraße 15, 1. Stock WEST


Veranstaltet von der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung und der FP Center Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung Innsbruck (CGI) in Kooperation mit dem Büro für Gleichstellung und Gender Studies der Universität Innsbruck.





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