• New research on a cross-national comparison of couples’ long-distance relocations on-line now in Demographic Research

New research paper entitled “Family migration in a cross-national perspective: The importance of within-couple employment arrangements in Australia, Britain, Germany, and Sweden” in collaboration with Philipp Lersch (University of Cologne), Maria Brandén (University of Linköping and University of Stockholm), and Francisco Perales (University of Queensland) is now published on-line in Demographic Research.

Migration rates of dual-earner couples are lower than those of male-breadwinner couples. We revisit this issue using a cross-national comparative perspective and examine heterogeneity in the role of female employment in couple relocations. Using harmonised longitudinal data from four large-scale datasets from Australia, Britain, Germany, and Sweden, covering the 1992-2011 period, we find that male-breadwinner couples migrate more often than dual-earner couples in all countries, suggesting that traditional gender structures affecting family migration operate across very different contexts. We also find cross-country differences in the estimated effects of different sorts of absolute and relative partner resources on family migration. See more results here