Power-Couples and the Colocation Hypothesis Revisited

26 Pages Posted: 18 May 2015

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Francesco Mariotti


Karen Mumford

University of York (UK); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CAMA

Yolanda Pena-Boquete

University of Vigo


We analyse the migration movements of power couples (couples where both members have at least a college degree), half power and no-power couples within Australia. We explicitly allow for potential correlation of these movements with local labour market features. Our results support the urbanisation hypothesis for ongoing couples over either the colocation or tied-mover models. Partnered college graduates like to live in major cities regardless of their gender or the qualifications of their partner.

Keywords: gender, graduates, colocation, tied-mover, urbanisation, migration, power couples

JEL Classification: J3, J7

Suggested Citation

Mariotti, Francesco and Mumford, Karen A. and Pena-Boquete, Yolanda, Power-Couples and the Colocation Hypothesis Revisited. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9059. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606912

Francesco Mariotti (Contact Author)


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Karen A. Mumford

University of York (UK) ( email )

York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072

CAMA ( email )

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

Yolanda Pena-Boquete

University of Vigo ( email )

E.U. de Enx. T├ęcn. Industrial.
Vigo, E-36200

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