Department Labour Market

Geographic mobility and labour market outcomes of women: the role of family ties

Family obligations are a potential source of constraints on young adults’ geographic mobility, especially for women. This project aims at analyzing how these constraints affect their labour market outcomes. It contributes to the growing literature on the link between family ties and geographic mobility and their consequences on female labour supply. We will explain the labour market outcomes of young females (labour supply, earnings, type of job), focusing on the (causal) effect of the geographic proximity to their parents (proximity=low geographic mobility). To account for the potential endogeneity of proximity of the parents, we will use an Instrumental Variable approach and individual fixed effects to control for unobserved heterogeneity (such as unobserved preferences for elderly care/grandchild care, altruistic behaviour). We will use data from the German household panel GSOEP, which provides detailed information on socio-economic characteristics of individuals and their household in addition to information on geographic mobility history.

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project information
01/09/2017 - 01/09/2018