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Changes during the 1990's in the location of Swedish Power Couples: Consequences and Explanations

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  • Isacsson, Gunnar

    () (National Road and Transportation Research Institute)

  • Regnér, Håkan

    () (The Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations)

Abstract

Between 1990 and 1998 there was an increase by 4 percentage points of couples where both individuals were college educated, so-called power couples, in Swedish cities. During the same period, the shares of non-college educated couples and college educated singles increased by only 1 percentage point, respectively. The study argues that the observed trends are explained neither by the co-location hypothesis nor the marriage market hypothesis. Instead it seems that the differential household trends in city location coincide with differential trends in the city earnings premium. The city earnings premium has increased during the 1990´s particularly for college educated men and women in couples.

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  • Isacsson, Gunnar & Regnér, Håkan, 2007. "Changes during the 1990's in the location of Swedish Power Couples: Consequences and Explanations," Working Paper Series 1/2007, Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2007_001
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    Keywords

    City earnings premiums; power couples; location;

    JEL classification:

    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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