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Some evidence that women are more mobile than men: gender differences in U.K. graduate migration behaviour

Faggian, Alessandra, McCann, Philip and Sheppard, Stephen (2007) Some evidence that women are more mobile than men: gender differences in U.K. graduate migration behaviour Journal of Regional Science, 47, (3), pp. 517-539. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9787.2007.00518.x).

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In this paper we employ dichotomous, multinomial and conditional logit models to analyze the employment-migration behavior of some 380,000 U.K. university graduates. By controlling for a range of variables related to human capital acquisition and local economic conditions, we are able to distinguish between different types of sequential migration behavior from domicile to higher education and on to employment. Our findings indicate that U.K. female graduates are generally more migratory than male graduates. We suggest that the explanation for this result lies in the fact that migration can be used as a partial compensation mechanism for gender bias in the labor market.

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Published date: August 2007
Additional Information: The paper investigates the employment-migration behaviour of a large sample of UK university graduates (~380,000 observations). Contrary to the findings of previous studies, the results indicate that female graduates are generally more migratory, even after controlling for a wide range of economic and location variables. Key PhD research.


Local EPrints ID: 47013
ISSN: 0022-4146
PURE UUID: 686edcd8-ffbd-47f0-ade1-c30c1b2b4bb1

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:05

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Author: Alessandra Faggian
Author: Philip McCann
Author: Stephen Sheppard

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