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A double gender-family inequality phenomenon in the international mobility of young researchers


  • Philippe Moguérou



In this paper, we raise the question of gender differences in the geographic mobility of young researchers. We try to answer to three main questions regarding the international mobility of young researchers during the post-doc period: Are there differences among genders? Does “family” have an impact? Is the effect of family related variables similar among genders? With a French survey, we find that if postdoc is as common for women as for men, females are less mobile internationally, especially in direction of the United States. The impact of the “family” on the probability of taking a postdoc position and on the location of postdoc is different among genders. Married women take less frequently such appointments and, when they do so, they are less mobile internationally. There are no similar effects for males.

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  • Philippe Moguérou, 2004. "A double gender-family inequality phenomenon in the international mobility of young researchers," International Trade 0403003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0403003 Note: Type of Document - pdf; prepared on WinXP; pages: 12

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    1. Paul Boyle & Thomas Cooke & Keith Halfacree & Darren Smith, 2001. "A cross-national comparison of the impact of family migration on women’s employment status," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 38(2), pages 201-213, May.
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    migration; geographical mobility; brain drain; immigrants; family; skilled labor; doctorate; gender gap;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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