International Migration of Couples

Martin Junge, Martin D. Munk, Till Nikolka, Panu Poutvaara

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Abstract

Migrant self-selection is important to labor markets and public finances in both origin and destination countries. We develop a theoretical model regarding the migration of dual-earner couples and test it using population-wide administrative data from Denmark. Our model predicts that the probability that a couple emigrates increases with the primary earner’s income, whereas the secondary earner’s income may drive the decision in either direction. The results are consistent with our model. We find that primary earners in couples are more strongly self-selected with respect to income than singles. This novel result counters the intuition that family ties weaken self-selection.
Original languageEnglish
Journalxxxx
Number of pages37
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019

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International migration
Income
Self-selection
Labour market
Family ties
Destination
Dual-earner couples
Administrative data
Denmark
Intuition
Migrants
Public finance

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Junge, M., Munk, M. D., Nikolka, T., & Poutvaara, P. (2019). International Migration of Couples. Manuscript in preparation.
Junge, Martin ; Munk, Martin D. ; Nikolka, Till ; Poutvaara, Panu. / International Migration of Couples. In: xxxx. 2019.
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