Gender, Gender Ideology and Couples’ Migration Decisions
(English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Couples generally move to accommodate men’s, rather than women’s, career opportunities. Using Swedish panel data including 1039 married or cohabiting individuals, this study examines the importance of traditional gender ideology and behavior in explaining this pattern. Two dimensions of gender and migration are examined: (1) the willingness to move for a partner’s career, and (2) the likelihood of couple migration for one’s own work or educational opportunities. Findings show that women are more willing to move for their partner’s career. Childless women are more likely to move with their partners to pursue their own work or education than childless men, whereas mothers are less likely to report this than fathers. Gender ideology and division of household responsibilities do not explain the gender differences in migration behavior. They are more important for individuals’ willingness to move for their partners, with particularly pronounced gender differences among non-egalitarian respondents.
family migration, gender, gender roles, tied moving, regional mobility
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociological Demography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96962OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96962DiVA: diva2:668308
FunderSwedish Research Council, 839-2008-7495Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008- 0489