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Power-Couples and the Colocation Hypothesis Revisited

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  • Mariotti, Francesco

    (University College London)

  • Mumford, Karen A.

    () (University of York)

  • Pena-Boquete, Yolanda

    () (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Abstract

We analyse the migration movements of power couples (couples where both members have at least a college degree), half power and no-power couples within Australia. We explicitly allow for potential correlation of these movements with local labour market features. Our results support the urbanisation hypothesis for ongoing couples over either the colocation or tied-mover models. Partnered college graduates like to live in major cities regardless of their gender or the qualifications of their partner.

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  • Mariotti, Francesco & Mumford, Karen A. & Pena-Boquete, Yolanda, 2015. "Power-Couples and the Colocation Hypothesis Revisited," IZA Discussion Papers 9059, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    gender; graduates; colocation; tied-mover; urbanisation; migration; power couples;

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination

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