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Residential Mobility at the Start of a Working Career: Women at a Disadvantage


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  • Jean-Jacques Arrighi

    (CEREQ and INSEE)

  • Céline Gasquet

    (CEREQ and INSEE)

  • Valérie Roux

    (CEREQ and INSEE)

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    While a large majority of young people are potentially mobile, not all are so in reality. Several factors influence the decision to migrate. Some are confirmed here: age, educational attainment, previous mobility experience, and having children. Our study points to other factors as well, such as having parents born abroad, and employment status. By comparison with persons employed under unstable work contracts (fixed-term contracts, temping, subsidized jobs), the unemployed are more mobile and workers on open-ended contracts are less so. Gender and marital status have a measurable impact as well. Residential and occupational mobility are often linked. Two-thirds of migrations between employment areas coincide with a job change. However, among migrants living as couples, the proportion of men changing jobs far exceeds that of women, and the gender gap widens over time. Women are more often involved in transitions between employment and non-employment.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 415-416 (2009)
    Issue (Month): (March)
    Pages: 61-80.

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es415-416d

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    Keywords: Migration; Gender; Job Change; Professional Transitions;

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