Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration

Nisic N, Melzer SM (2016)
JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY 78(4): 1063-1082.

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By exploiting the unique social and economic differences between East and West Germany, the authors investigated how macro-level opportunities interact with couple-level decision making to explain gender differences in the determinants and economic outcomes of household migration. By incorporating regional socioeconomic conditions into household bargaining theory, 4 hypotheses for each region were derived. The hypotheses were tested using cross-classified multilevel regressions and the German Socio-Economic Panel (1992-2012) combined with regional economic indicators. First, gender-specific determinants of couples' West-West (i.e., within West Germany) and East-to-West migration were analyzed; second, subsequent economic consequences were investigated by comparing couples with singles. The results confirm that gender differences in macro-conditions can impose decision logics that seemingly contradict the initial power relation within couples. Despite more traditional gender arrangements in West Germany, well-educated partnered women earn significant absolute and relative income gains from migration; their egalitarian East German counterparts suffer significant losses compared with single women and East German men.
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Nisic N, Melzer SM. Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 2016;78(4):1063-1082.
Nisic, N., & Melzer, S. M. (2016). Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, 78(4), 1063-1082.
Nisic, N., and Melzer, S. M. (2016). Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY 78, 1063-1082.
Nisic, N., & Melzer, S.M., 2016. Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, 78(4), p 1063-1082.
N. Nisic and S.M. Melzer, “Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration”, JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, vol. 78, 2016, pp. 1063-1082.
Nisic, N., Melzer, S.M.: Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY. 78, 1063-1082 (2016).
Nisic, Natascha, and Melzer, Silvia Maja. “Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration”. JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY 78.4 (2016): 1063-1082.
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